Escapism At Its Finest: LEO SAWIKIN’s ROW ME AWAY

“I was trying to go for a very visual type of song when I wrote this. I wanted to evoke a feeling of blasting away from earth or from our universe in search of something brand new and entirely different.”
25 June 2021

By Lucio F

Leo Sawikin’s Row Me Away is escapism at its finest. Taking cues from the grunge movement, as well as classic ‘70s rock, Sawikin melds genres together to create a truly timeless piece of work.

Of the song, Leo says “I was trying to go for a very visual type of song when I wrote this. I wanted to evoke a feeling of blasting away from earth or from our universe in search of something brand new and entirely different.” Again, he speaks to this timeless notion, from the lyrics to the chord progression. “Using unique but familiar chord progressions like this is a great way to lay the groundwork for songs that feel nostalgic and brand new at the same time… when most people ‘row away’ somewhere, they’re not just looking for a new world, but ideally a place where the familiar is accessible.”

Making the familiar accessible is something Sawikin excels at on this track, a song which will remind listeners of a plethora of different times, places and genres, but not really commit to any fully. It never sounds lost or uncertain, just expertly balanced between different components. Leo Sawikin is certainly one to watch if this song is anything to go by.

Nostalgic and brand new is certainly how this song comes across – unlike anything you’ve heard before, but also something which often feels vaguely familiar, like an old smell which reminds you of a time you can’t quite put your finger on, that sense of deja vu when rounding a corner, like visiting a new place and immediately feeling at home…

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