Bentley Caldwell Invites Us All to "Come Closer"
The first thing to jump out at you when you hit play on “Come Closer” by Bentley Caldwell will be his rich, powerful, resonating voice. It picks you up gently and carries you into the song. Caldwell's voice is what first grabbed my attention, but the more I listened, the more I became wrapped up in a love story that wasn’t riddled with the usual love song cliches. Instead, I found it to be full of emotion that felt real and lived-in. “Come Closer” radiates a feeling of love to which many love songs aspire, but few achieve. It gives wings to the kind of love that may happen once in a lifetime for most people.
“This world could pass away,
But this love would not decay
There could be no sun,
But you’d still be the only one for me”
As you dive in you’ll hear an elegantly simple acoustic guitar line that plays easily behind Caldwell’s vocals. It provides just enough space for the listener to lean into the lyrics, and realize that they’re listening to an expression of love and gratitude just before being swept up into the full band. With the second verse, electric guitar, keys, drums, and bass glide into the soundscape, providing the song with a depth that makes you want to close your eyes and get lost in the waves. The overall simplicity of this track makes it compelling. Caldwell found a great balance of space and energy, while keeping the song feeling full.
“Come Closer” is the perfect song to listen to on a long car ride, a rainy day, or as you slow dance around your living room holding a loved one close. As it gives rise to the bridge, you’ll be ready and open to receive the love in the songs message. It ends with a flowing violin line that leaves you in a calm and meditative state as you float back out into the world around you.
We invite you to grab a cup of tea and hit play on the song below. Don’t stop there though, because “Come Closer” is just one track off of Bentley Caldwell’s full album titled “The Place That I Call Home.” Though we’ve only focused on one of it’s songs, we endorse the entire album. It’s beautiful, inspiring, and rooted in love.
You can catch Bentley Caldwell playing at the Nashville Offbeat March 28th Showcase at The 5 Spot! Give him a follow on Facebook, Instagram and Spotify, and check out his website for more show dates and new music updates.
Praise for "Come Closer"
Written by Bentley Caldwell
Vocals and Rhythm Guitar- Bentley Caldwell
Drum and Bass- Mutual Groove
Piano- Will Honaker
Lead Guitar- Paul John Tautkus
Violin and Viola- Eli Bishop
Cello- Josh Dent