The Shadowboxers: “Won’t Ever Say Goodbye”

By: Emma Kopelowicz
June 07, 2020

Not many music groups can say they caught the attention of Justin Timberlake via tweet, but The Shadowboxers did just that. The pop band formed in Atlanta, Georgia after its founding members met at Emory University spent years honing their sound filled with rich layers of high tempos and harmonies. 

The trio has opened for the folk-rock duo Indigo Girls and eventually joined JT’s Man of the Woods Tour. Now, The Shadowboxers are ready to stake out on their own and introduce the world to their music on their own terms with their debut album, The Slow March Of Time Flies By.The last song on the album called “Won’t You Ever Say Goodbye” exemplifies how the band has evolved from their early days. The track features a more-polished sound that is backed by soothing harmonies and groovy guitar riffs. Think The Beach Boys meets Justified-era Timberlake, and throw in some gospel-inspired vocal work. 

The Shadowboxers have definitely developed a sleeker sound, but they’ve also managed to make their soaring falsettos feel down-to-earth. Each member’s voice floats above the bouncing melody, and occasionally dips into a lower range to give the track some texture. If The Shadowboxers aren’t already on your radar, consider this a reminder that they should be. Stream the track below, and tell us what you think of it on social media at: @gasmaskmagazine. Feel free to connect with our writer as well: @emkopel!

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