Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio today, we’ve been listening to the latest single from Australian singer-songwriter, Derek Lee Goodreid. Lost & Alone Again was released on April 3rd 2023, and for fans of Leonard Cohen or Nick Cave, this is most definitely the track for you.

Lost & Alone Again was written after Goodreid’s grandmother passed away, and the loneliness of being unable to attend the funeral struck him deeply. His grandma, who introduced him to the musical geniuses of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, was a big influence on his life: she read bedtime bible stories to him as a child. Today, those same stories still spark inspiration for him during times of sadness. This song is not just a tribute to his grandma, it’s a testament to the power of music in healing a broken soul.

Lost & Alone Again works well as a simple production voice and acoustic guitar track with no additional embellishments. The Appalachian feel of the guitar lends itself beautifully to the track and Goodreid’s deep, gravelly and low vocals paint an evocative picture. For the most part, the voice remains low, but there are times when Goodreid really lets rip, and his power and vibrato on the high notes are impressive.

This lo-fi and charming track would be a music supervisors dream. We could imagine Lost & Alone Again sitting perfectly in a Tarantino movie or an AMC drama. AMC used a lot of this style of dark simple acoustic music in their show, The Walking Dead, for example. We’d urge Goodreid to seek out placement opportunities to help his music gain a further reach.

Ideas from our ears

Some more depth and fullness could be achieved with a fairly large boost centred around 100Hz. The acoustic guitar is resonating on a couple of notes too so some careful EQ cuts around 200-220Hz would reduce these peaks and help the guitar sit a little better in the mix. A boost around 4kHz could increase the presence and definition in the track. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.

Final thoughts

This delightful, live-feel, almost campfire-style song is a breath of fresh air in a world of overproduced and over-orchestrated music in today’s charts. Recommended!