When travel and performance prospects were looking slim, Prince Edward Island singer-songwriters, Lawrence Maxwell and Ben Chase saw an opportunity to write. After two co-writing sessions in Cornwall, P.E.I., the country musicians penned Better You.
Better You delivers a radically different sound to Maxwell’s previous release, Back To Cape Breton. Where Cape Breton pulled heavily from bluegrass and Appalachian traditions, Better You is a little more stereotypically country, or even country-pop. It’s certainly a bop, and an uplifting, motivating one at that. Described as both a ‘groove-able heartbreaker’ and ‘lesson in self-love’, the song’s narrative is told from the perspective of a man who ‘never could learn twice’ and who jumps from one relationship to the next without giving himself time and space to heal and learn.
“When we experience loss, we’re encouraged to grieve but to do it fast,” Maxwell explains. “The truth is, healing often takes more time than we anticipate. The ‘get back on that horse’ mentality paired with the allure of the nightlife can make it difficult to focus on self-improvement.”
“Better You” features musicians: Ben Aitken (keyboard), Josh Langille (drums), Isaac King (mandolin), Justyn Young (guitar), Rob MacPhee (backing vocal), and Sam Langille (bass). The song was recorded by Lawrence Maxwell and his band at The Hill Sound Studio with producer/engineer Adam Gallant. It was recorded as part of Maxwell’s third studio album, set for release in January 2022.