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Song Premiere: “Chances” by Ari Lindo

2 August 2022

Photo Credit: Tom Krohn

Though he’s best known for his soulful, jazzy guitar playing for groups such as indie-psych group Late Nite Laundry, retro-soul band The Devonns, or Latin R&B artist Lester Rey, Chicago musician Ari Lindo first began playing guitar by learning English and Brazilian folk music.

His solo music shows a different side of his influences and his adept guitar playing, but it’s also more introspective than his other songwriting. That’s in part because of the sort of tone and writing the genre lends itself to, but also it’s because he began writing these songs early in the pandemic as it coincided with the end of a serious relationship.

Naturally, his music centers on change — and both the excitement and challenge it can bring. And his indie-folk single “Chances” is about the healing that comes after a breakup.

Lindo said the song “is about turning a chapter in a relationship. Specifically, the ending of one. Knowing that as distinct, independent people, the only way to heal is to do it separately. It describes the helplessness in realizing our time together was over and what we sacrificed before accepting that.”

If you listen closely to the lyrics, you can pick up on the sentiment quickly. But it might be easier to instead get lost in the beautiful swells that the finger picking guitar, cello, and the brushes on the drum create throughout the song.

Big Takeover is pleased to host the premiere of “Chances” before it’s released everywhere else tomorrow:

Ari Lindo · Chances