Keep Me In the Open was the first song that grabbed me off of the Go Further in Lightness. I found that the opening lyrics sounded like I was listening in on a conversation that I wasn’t supposed to be hearing. Dave Le’aupepe is very calm and matter of fact during this tense moment in a relationship gone awry. The swirling keyboards and effects only bring his words voice to the top of the sound.
The song comes alive for me when he begins to sing instead of speak. One can feel the emotion start to rise. The band then wakes up with a steady beat as Dave begins to plead for answers and then
And I deserve better than this
'Cause I deserve better than this.
Who hasn’t thought this? I have.
I adore the live version from this clip, as Joji Malani adds a real subtle guitar do bring out the urgency to Dave’s lyric. Check out the live version below.
Here is what Dave had to say about the song,
“Keep Me in the Open” kind of came together in a magical way. It was based on a recording that I had made in Los Angeles, September 2016, when I was there and that was about the time I wrote “What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?”. But it’s the only song we’ve recorded, really, we’re it’s kind of been pieced together layer upon layer upon layer, and not recorded live with all of us together. And I think that sort of all makes it beautiful and special in some way; it was sort of an advanced move for us. And it’s about the end of a relationship where two very valid sides, with very valid perspectives and points of view, just can’t seem to connect, and the recognition that maybe one of those sides deserves better than that, better than the treatment. It doesn’t make the other person bad, it doesn’t make the other other person good, it just means that perhaps settling for treatment and behaviour that isn’t conducive to a healthy relationship isn’t the way to go. So this song means everything and nothing in that way.
Bassest Max Dunn had this to say about it.
To me, “Keep Me in the Open” is intoxicating. It just happened so easy. From Dave, writing the song and delivering one hell of a vocal performance (even by his standards), to his laden pianos, the weird stuff Joji and Jung did, it just worked. Like a delicious Barcelona possession goal that ends with Messi passing it into the net.
The live version from Melbourne adds Max’s vocal in the chorus, acoustic guitar, and subtle horns to give this song musical depth beyond what the album version provides.
This is jewel on their latest album that should remain a classic for this band.