It's a welcome gift to Apple Music users, after they were forced to watch on enviously as millions around the world celebrated the release of Spotify Wrapped 2023 earlier in the week.
‘I Would If I Could’ is joyously retro-leaning, featuring understated production combined with Lainey Wilson's distinctive, charismatic drawl. The steel-soaked instrumental and gently meandering yet enchanting melody harks back to classic ‘80s George Strait.
This is perhaps unsurprising, given the fact that Dean Dillon co-wrote ‘I Would If I Could’, with Dillon having been one of George Strait's primary songsmiths throughout his career.
Skip Ewing's fingerprints are also all over the newly released song, with the stripped-back, balladic ambience of ‘I Would If I Could’ feeling reminiscent of Kenny Chesney's ‘Me and You’ and ‘You Had Me From Hello’, both of which were penned by Ewing.
‘I Would If I Could’ finds Lainey Wilson reluctantly refusing to give a previous relationship another chance, with the cascading chorus capturing the protagonist's titular dilemma (“I love you enough that I'm letting you go / I love you so much that I'm telling you no / I would if I could / But I can't, so I won't / But I want to”).
The new Apple Music song follows a series of other high profile Lost & Found tracks, including ‘Dragging These Roots’ by Jelly Roll, ‘Driving Back There In My Mind’ by Miranda Lambert, ‘God, Money & Love’ by Gabby Barrett and ‘More’ by Madeline Edwards.
The popular program aims to breathe new life into unreleased songs and demos that have been floating around Music City, without having ever been recorded.
It continues to build out Apple Music's impressive Country section, with the platform also offering insightful interviews with all artists taking part in the Lost & Found series.
In addition, all the original Lost & Found demos have been compiled into a fascinating playlist, including Dean Dillon and Skip Ewing's original version of ‘I Would If I Could’.
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