Howling vocals and seductive strings greet us as The Promised jump into the swinging grooves of “We Could Be In Love,” the highly anticipated debut single from the country pair that critics across Canada can’t seem to stop talking about this summer, and in their dominating rhythm we’re instantly swept off of our feet and welcomed into a one of a kind variety of roots music that is as evocative as it is endearing. The tempo is fierce, the timing between the players as tightly synchronized as one would expect to hear out of a classical symphony orchestra, and even though it’s a little rough around the edges, this is a beat that will get stuck in your head after only a single listen.
“We Could Be In Love” circles back into the chorus with as much agility as it starts us off with, and as we see in the music video for the song, it’s hard to resist the urge to dance like we’re at a good ol’ fashioned wedding in the countryside. When the singers recoil for a moment to let the backing band catch up with them, a hint of bluegrass tonality seeps through our speakers and adds a little bit of Americana to this otherwise thoroughly Canadian track, which I wasn’t initially expecting but came to adore just the same. This is about as unpredictable a country single as I’ve heard in the year 2019, but better than that, it contains zero filler, which isn’t always the case in a debut release of any capacity.
In a blustery vocal harmony that lingers in the atmosphere long after this song comes to a conclusion, “We Could Be In Love” reaches the finish line and leaves us with a lot of questions about what the future might hold for the singers who drive home its grand fever pitch. The Promised might not be changing the game with their first official single, but they’re making it pretty obvious that they intend to make their mark on the country music world one way or another in this track and its stately music video. I’d give it a solid four and a half out of five stars, which isn’t an easy rating for even the most seasoned of pros to achieve.