Anthony Green Contemplates Past and Present with “You’ll Be Fine”

Anthony Green

I seem to fall in love with anything Anthony Green takes part in.

Saosin. Circa Survive. These bands have been a staple in my music library since middle school.

Green’s solo project is no different. I’ve been fascinated by it since I heard the 2012 album, Beautiful Things, which combines the graceful singing of Green with instrumentation from one of my favorite indie folk bands, Good Old War. There’s just so much emotion constantly coming from Green’s music and it’s never a boring endeavor. Recently, Green went into the studio to record a new album, Pixie Queen. He released the first single, “You’ll Be Fine,” on July 13.

Anthony Green’s Introspection on Life

“I’ve gone out too far / May not make it back / How can I get through / If you cringe at the sight.”

“You’ll Be Fine” is arguably my favorite song from Green’s solo discography. Between the rolling drums and the gingerly strummed acoustic guitar, there’s absolute emotion resonating from Green. With the addictions and failures that Green has been accustomed to in his life, it’s easy to see how he can write such beautiful imagery.

For a long time, Green struggled with drug addiction and the overbearing feeling of being a failure in his marriage. Before having a child, he was worried that he would be a failure in that endeavor, as well. This leads to the lyricism and imagery found in “You’ll Be Fine.” Some parts of the lyrics were taken from this time in his life, while other parts were written about the aftermath, as well as with the unique struggles that go along with that.

Accompanying the release of the single is a music video that shows Green walking a beach. This is perhaps meant to represent walking a line between addiction and recovery. Ultimately, Green walks away from the water, perhaps signifying his choice to put his wife and child first. While it seems that he makes this decision, the choice is ultimately taken away from him when another person (who bears a remarkable resemblance to Green him) pulls him into the water, resulting in a fight that hasn’t ended as the video fades out. This is a fight that Green will probably encounter for the rest of his life.

If this new single is any indication of what’s to come, then count me in. When Pixie Queen comes out, I’ll be the first in line at my local record store to pick it up.

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