Tragedy inspires art, typically as a means for processing emotions. “Pulse” is a reaction to the Orlando shooting at the Pulse nightclub in June 2016. The song is from Galapaghost, a solo project of Casey Chandler.
Casey Chandler is from Woodstock, New York. But he now resides in Austin, Texas. “Pulse” is the title track of an album due for release on January 12, 2018. In describing the album, Chandler said:
“The album is definitely not a political album at all, but some of the songs are about how I've become disillusioned with America and somewhat about being caught in the middle of not fully feeling 'American' but not feeling quite European after living there for two years. Some songs are just about figuring out what the hell I'm going to do with my life if I don't find success in music and trying to come to terms with that as I enter my 30's. The album was self-produced and recorded in Italy in 15 days. A recurring effect we used on the album was distortion on the drums and delay on the vocals to give it a grittier feel than my previous albums."
The intro of “S.A.D.” begins with undisciplined guitars, until the rhythm joins and imposes structure. The percussion and bass define the framework for the reverb guitar and the melodic-speak vocals, but there is flexibility. The rhythm is relentlessly energetic and focused on time, while the guitar is more concerned with space and taking an atmospheric approach.
“S.A.D.” is a story about an inner demon. The three-member band, Norma, names him Neil. According to the band, Neil is “a figure that appears especially during the darkest season. We probably all have our personal devils, [whether] we want them or not, it’s just about learning how to live with them.”
The lyrics describe reasons for optimism. Neil took his own life; that is with the help of a psychologist and a kitchen knife. He still surfaces, but he can be controlled with a bottle of wine. The video is more disturbing, as Neil talks to and plays with preschoolers. So, Neil has been a dark passenger since the early years? And he is healthy as he steadily travels with his belongings in a makeshift vehicle alone a country road and as he is empowered in a dream world.
The members of Norma are Love Martinsen (guitar, keyboard, bass pedals), Erik Vallin (bass, keyboard, vocals), and Petter Bendelin (drums, keyboard, vocals). They are based in Stockholm, Sweden and identify their genre as Swedish Kraut-Rock. “S.A.D.” will be a track on the band’s third album, which is scheduled to 2018.
Scenography, costume and makeup by
Emilia Esping. Photo by Norma and Nadja von Bahr. Edited by Fredrick Stewart
Holm. Thanks to: Johannes Helje, Förskolan Enbacken, Björn Söderman and Joel
Jedström (cirkus cirkör).
The track is a call to rally - “So come on down; Bring your scars.” We’re all flawed, but that will bring us together.
KNGDAVD is the New York duo of Tye James and Jon Buscema. They met in Jazz school, but their music is a blend of Pop vocals sitting atop Rock instruments. The duo tends to use 1950’s style pictures with a hand-drawn red crown. Interesting.