On West Virginian singer-songwriter Haley Slagle’s upcoming album, Liar’s Best Friend, nine tracks of haunting melodies and intimate lyrics take residence. One of the tracks, “Ain’t That Lonely Yet”, is Slagle’s unique take on country artist Dwight Yoakam’s original version.
The song tackles the heavy subject of knowing when to let go in love, thus having to convince oneself that they “ain’t that lonely yet”. Paired with these poignant lyrics, Slagle’s interpretation goes even further, as her emotional voice reverberates in the silences between the uncomplicated, classic synth sounds, which Slagle says were used because they “wanted to take it in a completely different direction. That’s why [they] chose the stark arrangement with the synthesizer, rather than something more traditional.” The effect is an eerie one. Gorgeous, cosmic instrumentation softly accompany Slagle’s memorable voice and give way to chilling stillness that remains until soaring vocals or steady beats cut in and slash the silence with sound.
“Ain’t That Lonely Yet” is a bittersweet ode to both ourselves and the people we once loved. Despite its emotional burden, Slagle approaches the subject with an admirable musical grace and artistry.
Listen to Haley Slagle’s version of “Ain’t That Lonely Yet” below: