An indie-folk duo, known collectively as Edwin, recently released a new single called “Lucky Penny”. It’s a warm tune that’s easily relatable, especially if you’ve ever traded favors for food. It stars a cast of penny pinchers, washing machines, side streets, empty pockets, and overdue bills. The lighthearted “Lucky Penny” digs into the experience of catching an unlikely case of luck that wears two faces.
I picked you up, and you let me down
I can’t make heads or tails of the luck I found
Nickel and dime me out, pass the buck on the side street
Leave you there, ‘heads up’ and shining
The song has a really interesting story arc – imagine that. It flows like an epic quest of the 21st century. Edwin’s version of a hero is the average Joe with little to his name. Instead of a medieval village, our guy is casually walking the lowly streets of some dead-end millennial town. What does he find?
It’s a good thing I walk with my hair down
Might have passed you up if I was looking around
Of all the lonely people on this side of town
Was a lucky day for me to find you on the ground
Our guy finds a penny. My question is, does he find a penny…or a girl named Penny?
Either way, the luck he finds is almost too good to be true. He ultimately decides to hit the eject button and throw away his “luck”.
2 months in when you took my hand
Told me that you loved me, but I couldn’t understand
How you could fall for a penny-pinchin’ man
Laid you down and away I ran
On the surface, “Lucky Penny” is pretty simple, but deeper below there’s a story about the unexpected match-strike of love followed the complex emotions shared between a pair of overdue hearts (opportunity, chance, luck, gambling, risk, rarity, greed – all of the parallels are there, and I could go on and on). Edwin didn’t necessarily have all of these concepts in mind when they wrote the song, but the point is, “Lucky Penny” sends the mind on a feedback loop, especially with such a versatile theme.
Sonically speaking, “Lucky Penny” is a warm track with bright guitars that chime over a humble bassline. It’s a broad track that rolls seamlessly behind twin vocalists with a chill demeanor. The lead guitar is a real treat, especially in the way it introduces the song with its reverberated melody. Even if this song didn’t have lyrics, the sound of the band would be enough to keep you going.
It sounds like Edwin is a band with a natural ability to write some addictive songs. I personally can’t get enough of “Lucky Penny”. To find out what else they’re up to, visit soundcloud.com/edwinsongs or edwinsongs.com
If you want to see the short music video of “Lucky Penny” that Edwin put in our bloodstream, here it is…
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