Showing distinct growth from his softer releases, When You Go grits its teeth and ushers in a new sound with driving electric guitars, smashing cymbals and a bubbling Teenage Engineering arpeggiator. Recorded in Vancouver Canada and London UK, the track then volleyed back and forth between the artist and long-time collaborator, producer Chris Hewitt before being mastered by Greg Calbi (Bon Iver, The National, Tame Impala, Casey Musgraves). Hewitt’s depth of experience in-studio and as a live engineer brought a fiery spirit to the biting chorus.
“Growing up in small-town Manitoba, it was easy to feel stuck in one place," Okay Mann comments. "I wrote the song using stories of those around me as inspiration". It's rework of that old adage, 'If you love something, let it go' - the pained lyrics instead asking to be taken along for the ride by a lover destined for bigger and better things. It's a desperate plea from a young man cemented in place by circumstance, looking for his way out."