A gentle rollercoaster of emotion
Moving on after losing someone (or something) significant to you tends to be quite a rollercoaster. The supposed “five stages of grief” don’t always happen in sequentially, some stages may be skipped entirely, and you may experience some stages that no one else does. Los Angeles-based piano-man Alex Izenberg ensnares the essence of the confusing, up-and-down process of moving on with his inventive ballad “To Move On,” off of his November 2016 album Harlequin. “To Move On” starts off with a melancholy sequence; waves of piano ebbing and flowing, accompanied by slow, dejected lyrics about sleeping all day, obviously distraught. Izenberg’s vocals have a quirky, nasally quality, much like the iconicvoice of Alt-J’s Joe Newman, and much like a lot of Alt-J’s music, the song quickly changes energy, tempo, and mood. The piano shifts from contemplative, legato key strokes, to short, quick, bouncing stabs, and a ‘70s reggae-inspired baritone saxophone pattern enters the fray, giving the track a more lighthearted feel to it.