Dana Gavanski has marked the announcement of her debut album, ‘Yesterday Is Gone’, by releasing the subtly engrossing ‘Good Instead of Bad’. Her third single in under a year, ‘Good Instead of Bad’ imparts a sophisticated grandeur, you can imagine Dana and band playing it in the corner of a room as party guests waltz along to its slowly, bobbing rhythm. Gavanski is intriguingly off-kilter, her odd turns of phrase leave questions hanging in the air, the central line itself, “How can I be good instead of bad?” is delightfully ambiguous. Dana repeatedly questions “Or is this all I have?” over searing atmospherics and the incessant plucking of a taut harp to bring the song to a dramatic close.
Speaking of the track, Gavanski said: “It’s about reflecting on the end of a relationship and how quickly things change. The desire to make up for everything that wasn’t done or wasn’t done right. The muddiness of breaking up, and not knowing if it’s the right decision. Not saying the right things, not being able to express the complexity of what we’re feeling. Things change and that’s that – not being able to turn back and undo a bad move. It’s an attempt to see from the other’s perspective and understand how hard it is for them as well. Reflecting on the intractability of certain decisions.”
Yesterday Is Gone is out March 27 on Full Time Hobby