Delyn Grey – “Set Me Free”


Another passionate alt-rocker from Toronto-based artist Delyn Grey, “Set Me Free” is an ode to the feelings of “relief and empowerment.” Lush guitars and understated vocals lead to the sound of a frenzied crowd, following a consuming “you’re ripping me apart,” bridge. The crowd noise escalates into a fervent rock hook, the pulsing guitars eliciting a shimmering melodic pull amidst vocals pleading to “set me free.” Intensifying rhythms around the three-minute mark converge with empowered lyrics, reflecting a refusal to stay “in line.” “Set Me Free” is a cathartic success from Delyn Grey.

Grey impressed previously with the tracks “Daddy’s Love” and “Battle.”

She elaborates more on the track’s themes and creative process below:

“This song is release, it’s relief and empowerment. It’s moving forward and getting it done. When I was first starting to pursue music, a lot of people told me I should make it my Plan B, a hobby, because I didn’t have anything unique to offer. I was 15. No one, let alone a 15 year old, should ever be told they shouldn’t work towards pursuing something that gives them purpose. Music was never a hobby for me, I just couldn’t have that relationship with it and I needed people to know that. I needed myself to know that I was rooting for me, that I had my back no matter what came my way, and that I would make it past the snide and/or uniformed comments about MY life choices. Despite having written this song several years ago, it holds a huge place in my heart and comforts me any time I listen to it.

Fun fact; I was on my way to the studio to record a demo of the song and had promised my producer at the time that I would have a bridge for the song. I didn’t have one. So I get on the subway, stressing out because I couldn’t come up with anything the week before. All of a sudden I hear this melody ringing in my head. I grab my phone, awkwardly hum and sing into it, scribble down some lyrics, and out comes the bridge you hear on the track. Crazy things happen when you sit back, listen, and just let them happen.

This is an anthem for anyone who’s ever been made to feel like their passion is pointless. Put the work in, people! Regardless of the goal, the experience alone will be worth it. Grab the reins and hold on tight.”

“Set Me Free” and other memorable tracks released in September can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2021’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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