Album Review: (i would have followed you) by Delaney Bailey
(i would have followed you)
This hauntingly beautiful but rather short folk project is one you don’t want to miss. (i would have followed you) is emotionally powerful and may cause listeners to feel moved to tears. Bailey’s lyrics are relatable and help listeners feel understood and comforted in a span of a little over 20 minutes.
This album includes the viral Tik Tok song “j’s lullaby” featuring the lyrics “I’d give you the sun if you asked me/ You could have all of the time.” My favourite, “Love Letter From The Sea To The Shore” showcases a higher register than the rest of the album. It is an achingly beautiful song that features the lyrics “Cause you hold in my tide/ I would die a thousand times/ Just to see you in another life” and “I think I loved you/ In a thousand ways/ ‘Cause you remain stagnant/ On my troubled days.”
The songs are emotional, intimate and cinematic. This album is a rare find, as it is deeply personal and emotionally rich, providing comfort to the listener. It is a welcome addition to the music industry. If you are a fan of artists like Lizzy McAlpine, Leith Ross and Phoebe Bridgers, Bailey is for you. Bailey has only just started her music career but I am excited to see her growth. In my books (i would have followed you) is a perfect first folk project.
— Astrid Cunanan