Toronto Folk-Rock duo Robinson Kirby are off to ‘Find a Way’ in new single
Fresh off their 2021 seven-track album, Little Dreams, Robinson Kirby’s rhythm section instills “Find a Way” with a sense of calm, like a stream steadily flowing under Madelyn Kirby’s satiny vocals.
Similarly floating above the beat, the song features the echoey twang of an electric guitar, along with the slide of a lap steel, tying the instrumentation together seamlessly. These elements combine in a serene audible flow that sharply contrast the song’s turbulent theme — the uncertainty of lasting love.
“I don’t look at you the same / since we played the losing game / but I will try and find my way,” the duo sings, offering a glimmer of hope and resilience. Love may be blind, but we can always find our way through.
With that in mind, “Find a Way” is a song about revelation, and what we uncover both about ourselves and our loved ones in times of uncertainty and strife. It’s a relatable message for anyone who has felt the spiral of a dwindling love — the self doubt, the questioning of what could have been done, and, hopefully, the acceptance of loss.
“Lay me down beside what happened here / wasn’t my love bigger than your fear,” they sing, suggesting a similar resignation.
Little Dreams, which hosts the lead single, was written between studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and while living in Los Angeles. They cite their musical influence as being the spirit of singer-songwriters from the 1970s, but with a fresh, modern spin.
Robinson Kirby consists of lead singer-songwriters, Luke Robinson (vocals, guitar, percussion) and Madelyn Kirby (vocal, guitar), as well as Jonathan Elyashiv (bass) and Ross Hodgkinson (drums, percussion). “Find a Way” is backed by the talents of Paul Phelan (lap steel) and Harrison Lenz (backing vocals).
The single springs from the same source as others on the EP, according to the Toronto-based band. “They reflect a time of growth and change in our lives. Conceptually, the songs are about love, searching for connection, and finding your place in the world.”