Terribly Yours – “Answered Prayers” (Stereogum Premiere)

Terribly Yours is a new project straight from the basement of Brooklyn musician Sean Bones, former Sam Champion guitarist. Bones took some time away from touring and live shows to raise his daughter, and slowly developed this new creative force for over a year and half during late night sessions. But being on hiatus from the scene for so long, he feared his new songs wouldn’t go beyond the walls of his home — a real discouraging sentiment. He soon found himself reaching out and collaborating with Matt Mondanile (Real Estate/Ducktails), Drew Fischer (Kevin Morby/White Fence), and Nate Martinez (Pela) among others. “Answered Prayers,” though, is all Bones. The beautiful first single to be released under the Terribly Yours name is a true reflection on his dismaying hesitation to open up and share his soul to the world again. The lyrics resonate of his personal awakening and reassurance on his place in music: “No reason to hide, unless of course you like to see the darkness for a while.” Gentle guitars and piano verses build the track into a cinematic journey that peaks with ascending harmonies. Bones weighed in on the project:

After a while it felt like I was soundtracking a movie no one would see. The songs were special to me and without a regular group of musicians to share the project with, I became apprehensive about releasing anything. I’ve always had some kind of plan. Here I felt I only had a sound, which I described as terribly mine.

“Answered Prayers” sets the tone for fulfilling a journey that’s achieved with the help of others, but most of all from believing in yourself. Listen below.

“Answered Prayers” is out tomorrow, 8/14, via Mermaid Ave. You can pre-order it here.