James Wyatt Crosby Finds Comfort in Humility on "Ashamed" Exclaim! Staff Picks
Published Sep 29, 2023Everything that James Wyatt Crosby touches turns into a warm breeze, even when it's drenched in melancholy. The shade of "Ashamed" is hued by his twinkling vocals — all thanks to a last-minute creative decision: "I had the original version and it was flat and low energy so I pitched it up (a lot)," he tells me.
The mantric repetition that Crosby often sneaks in his work anchors the track, but what makes it so effective this time around is how it pulls you into the shame cycle. It's vague enough to be placed onto your own regrets, but light enough to let them pass. With ringing rhythm guitars that match the melodic lead, there's a mirror to the softness of his vocal line. In this case, there's comfort in humility.