Caleb Hearn’s Damage first caught my attention with its Bon Iver influences. It doesn’t take much for the listener to understand that Caleb Hearn’s musical aim is commercial, blending acoustic, alternative, and shoegaze influences in his personal style.
The song also deserves appreciation for its world-class production. It has the established industry standards in its recording, mixing, and production, immediately makes a positive impact on the listener, leaving aside personal preferences.
Musically, everything was built with a commercial approach and the result is quite solid. It has a radio-friendly build with a modern MTV character, focus on Caleb Hearn’s voice and vocals, hooky moments, and industry-standard production. Acoustic music has become mainstream over the last years and songs like these can easily make a hit on every single radio. Damage has that potential, targeting both acoustic music and pop music listeners.