Breaking up is never fun, but emerging Australian artists Aydin Sayar and Montgomery have certainly found a way to ease the pain in new single “Missed Calls” – even if it means dwelling in the deep end of our feelings.
Breaking up is never fun, but emerging Australian artists Aydin Sayar and Montgomery have certainly found a way to ease the pain – even if it means dwelling in the deep end of our feelings. The pair’s new single “Missed Calls” is a finessed waterfall of the convoluted emotions and questions we’re often left asking to an empty room in the wake of a breakup. Aching and heartfelt, it’s a feelgood kind of sadness.
Was pretty happy where we left things at
Just friends and nothing more than that
Maybe this wasn’t what you wanted
Your messages convey that
There was a point where something felt wrong
Only your touch seemed to make it work
We need to set some boundaries
Bury all these toxic thoughts
Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering Aydin Sayar’s third single “Missed Calls,” featuring fellow Melbourne indie-pop artist Montgomery and out everywhere August 28, 2020. Since debuting just over a year ago with the song “Monday,” the Australian multi-instrumentalist and producer has been finding the fine line between dreamy psychedelia, and grounded reflection: His songs all feel like entries torn from the latest diary page, and “Missed Calls” is no exception.
“We didn’t mean to make this song,” Sayar tells Atwood Magazine. “I had a few people over to my house for my birthday and Montgomery was one of them. She saw all the music equipment in my room and started playing this synth line and I said to her, ‘we have to record this‘! That synth line ended up becoming the intro to the track.”
A poignant manifestation of breakups and unhappy endings, “Missed Calls” resonates with effervescent alt-pop light. Undulating synths give the track bounce and contour, while Sayar and Montgomery’s voices flow together and separately with coalescent ease.
“The first line Montgomery came up with, was “Why do you call me after nine” and we thought, ‘hey this is sick, why don’t we write the rest of the song around this‘?” Sayar recalls. “We wrote our verses separately based on our past experiences with relationships and bad breakups.” The verses and chorus need little explanation, capturing the angst and strife we know only all-too-well:
Why do you call me after nine?
I’m at home
No you can’t come to mine
Five missed calls I’m so over all this
It’s tearing me apart
You know I told ya this it might be better if
We started over wish it could be easier
Maybe this wasn’t what I wanted
I’m starting to admit that, but
There was a point where it all felt right
But not enough to give up the fight
We need to set some boundaries
I don’t need you to tell me
While the melodies and buoyant instrumentals give the song a wealth of character, ultimately it’s the vocals that truly elevate “Missed Calls” to that next level. “I really love overlapping lyrics in duets and that really inspired the outro of the song,” Sayar shares. Together, he and Montgomery have crafted a faithful outpouring of feeling; like lightning in a bottle, their song is a special encapsulation that feels sweet, but hits hard. After all, parting ways is never easy.
Nevertheless, “Missed Calls” is an experience worth dwelling in. Stream Aydin Sayar’s third single exclusively on Atwood Magazine, and be sure to listen to his first two songs “Monday” and “You Never Know,” each of which depicts another side to this blossoming young artistry.
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