Wednesday, December 13, 2017

“Pulse“ by Galapaghost – A Song Review

     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."

     “Pulse“ by Galapaghost 


Lyrics of “Pulse“ by Galapaghost
Vacant in tone
Bodies are thrown
This endless fear
They tried to atone
Their stories are told
This endless tear

But we'll hear it all again
We'll feel it all again
Maybe all they needed was a friend
But we'll hear it all again
We'll feel it all again
The cycle never ends

It started when you were young
You thought it looked like fun
And all the big boys knew how to shoot a gun
And they said aim at what you hate
And carry that weight
Cause god is on your side

So you kill 'em all again
You kill 'em all again
And everything you wanted was pretend
But you kill 'em all again
You kill 'em all again
All the brilliant minds of mankind

And maybe all the news will start to change
And global warming will be the only scare today
But I know that it will probly always be this way

And we'll hear it all again
We'll feel it all again
Maybe all they needed was a friend
And we'll hear it all again
We'll feel it all again
The cycle never ends

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

“S.A.D.” by Norma – A Song Review

     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. 

     “S.A.D.” by Norma



     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).


Monday, December 11, 2017

“Blood On Our Hands” by KNGDAVD – A Song Review

     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. 


     “Blood On Our Hands” by KNGDAVD 


Lyrics of “Blood On Our Hands” by KNGDAVD
So come on down
Bring your scars
Ain't no shame yea we're all the same
No matter who you are

Dry your blood
You've had enough
Letting go
All your ghosts
Let 'em run

So walk with me
And you will see
That your enemy
May be your remedy

We all got blood on our hands
But we still got hope in our souls
Ooo, heads gonna roll
Ooo, heads gonna roll

Stand your ground
Or make a move
Either way
If you wanna live
You’re gonna have to choose

So walk with me
And you will see
That your enemy
May be your remedy

Cause we all got blood on our hands
But we still got hope in our souls
Ooo, heads gonna roll
Ooo, heads gonna roll

We all got blood on our hands
But we still got hope in our souls
[Repeating]