Gas Mask Magazine

Paul Weinfield x Barton Stanley: “The Walls Of An Old City”

By: Eric Reyes
April 28, 2021

I found it hard to write about this song. Often, I would just let it play and close my eyes. It really took quite some time before I could put digital pen to digital paper and type this out.

I was just lost, mesmerized. Lulled, might be the most correct word to use but it has a feeling of deception and ‘The Walls Of An Old City’ is too honest for that.

The moment Paul Weinfield plucks and strums that acoustic guitar, you feel yourself relax. And then Barton Stanley David’s voice coos and wavers across the airwaves, and you’re adrift in a sea of sound as bright and shimmering as his tone.

This Indie Folk pairing has brought it home. The track speaks volumes, keeping to the genre’s poetic storytelling. You’re not just listening to someone with a passably pleasing voice say platitudes or universally appealing nothings over generic instrumentals that keep pace and drag you along to the end. You’re being spoken to. A painting of words and imagery is being crafted for you, just close your eyes, listen, and enjoy.

A lyrical journey across time and metaphor of two old hands who built something grand and lasting together, though they did not share in their creation’s longevity.

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