Thursday, March 23, 2017

“I Try So Hard” by Slowlights – A Song Review

     Slowlights just fired an anthem at the Indie universe, but the message is camouflaged within artfully arranged Rock. It’s a more energetically presented, modified message from the 1969 anthem by the Rolling Stones. The song “I Try So Hard” tells us, “You can’t always get what you want; but if you open up your mind sometime, you’ll find you’ve got what you need.”

     Two features in particular stand out for us. One occurs during the chorus, when the two anguished cries of “I try so hard” alternate with the forceful guitar riff. The other occurs at the end of the instrumental bridge (around 1:47), when the song transitions from featuring the guitar to featuring percussion with a trailing off guitar. 

     “I Try So Hard” by Slowlights, a quartet from London.


Lyrics of “I Try So Hard” by Slowlights
When you want something
But you know you're not enough
When you get somewhere
But you know you're miles off

Well I said
I don't need this
Lost all feeling
Something isn't right

When you see something
And it leaves you wanting more
But I won't get drawn in
I've been down that road before

And I said
I don't need this
Feel defeated
Something deep inside

But I try so hard
I try so hard

If you open up your mind
Let a little light inside
Makes you feel like you're alive again

All the things you try to hide
Ironed out and pushed aside
Makes you feel like you're alright again

But I try so hard
I try so hard


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

“New Rock City“ by Luc – A Song Review

    Very little surfaces during a search for information about Luc (pronounced “Luke”). They don’t show their full faces in their Facebook photos section. And we don’t grasp the message of their single “New Rock City.” So, we aren’t much help to others who are fans of the song.
     What we can tell others is that we played “New Rock City” at least 25 times yesterday, and that number will be surpassed today. And we note that the determination in the voice and the questioning in the lyrics invite reflection, but not necessarily about the lyrics themselves. The song fits well within a playlist for times when decisions must be made. There is a quiet resolve at its start and end, while the center has a percussive thunder.   

     “New Rock City“ by Luc 


Lyrics of “New Rock City" by Luc
Let’s take the proverbial subway to the end of the line
And continue on foot to leave the city by the wayside
Let’s turn this proverbial party into the real kind
And continue to play, until the coming of the sunlight

Cause those kids can rock, but they can’t dance for shit
Those kids can talk, but they never just do it
Yeah, those girls were fly and the boys just as fit
But what’s the point of beauty, if you never just lose it?

Let’s meet unpredictable people in the dead of the night
And be careless enough to offer homage to the wrong kind
We’ll be an untouchable city and an unstoppable fight
And we’ll grow to forget from where we rode here on the city line

Cause those kids can rock, but they can’t dance for shit
Those kids can talk, but they never just do it
Yeah, those girls were fly and the boys just as fit
But what’s the point of beauty, if you never just lose it?

Let’s turn this interminable rhythm into common time
And be careless enough to throw our worries by the wayside
This will be the dance of a nation, and the chant of a tribe
And we’ll know to be wrong for as long as it feels right

Cause those kids can rock, but they can’t dance for shit
Those kids will never ever ever ever ever do it
Those girls were fine and the boys just as fit
But what’s the point of beauty, if you never just lose it?


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

“Wolves Or Foxes” by Edwin Raphael – A Song Review

     There are guitar outputs that immediately have our attention, regardless of the tune being played. The guitar of The Cure (Robert Smith’s) is the guitar output that provides our easiest example. It’s a combination of the characteristics of the instrument, the processing of the signals from the instrument, and the style of the guitarist.
      We are fans of the song ”1904” by The Tallest Man on Earth. The electric guitar takes a backseat to the acoustic guitar, so our enjoyment is disproportionately large for its limited role. Perhaps that is the reason the track “Wolves Or Foxes” immediately grabbed our attention. Melodically, the low profile electric guitars are fundamentally different during the two tracks. But the characteristics of the two guitar outputs have much in common. We wondered if the two songs shared a guitarist. It’s unlikely, since The Tallest Man on Earth (aka, Kristian Matsson) is based in Sweden, while Edwin Raphael claims Canada as his homeland. The Facebook page of Raphael reads, ”Edwin Raphael; an emerging Montreal-based artist just started making waves with his uniquely detuned sounding guitars.” Detuned sounding guitars?

     The Facebook page identifies the band members as the Edwin Raphael (vocals, guitar), Jacob Liutkus (backing vocals, guitar, keys, synth), Charles Desroches (guitar, synth), and Marc Desjardins (sound engineer).
     “Wolves Or Foxes” by Edwin Raphael 


     “1904” by The Tallest Man on Earth