With the first few listens, “Mercedes” was designated as blogworthy because of its hooks. The track launches with guitar that immediately hooked our interest. With continued listening, the appreciation for shifts in vocal flow grew. As one example, in the line “And laughed and had ourselves an awkward hug,” the tempo slows significantly. We started considering the “hokeyness level” of analogizing the tempo shifts to changes in a river current, since the song belongs to Ayo River.
Ayo River is the project of Weston Taylor in Atlanta, Georgia. In concert and on recordings, Weston is joined by Josh Crusa (bass) and Evan Seeds (drums).
“Mercedes” by Ayo River