Friday, May 22, 2020

Synth Focus – The Killers and Hi Frisco

     Here are two synth-heavy, guitar-ready singles, with one from a well-established band and the other from a duo that deserves more attention within the genre.


      In “Caution,” The Killers are joined by a guitar in the capable hands of former Fleetwood Mac member Lindsey Buckingham. He is featured following the vocals.

     “Caution” by The Killers


Lyrics of “Caution” by The Killers
And there is nothing
I want to
There is nothing
I wwouldn't give
There is nothing
Come my way

Let me introduce you
To the featherweight queen
She's got Hollywood eyes
But you can't shoot what she's seen

Her momma was a dancer
And that's all that she knew
'Cause when you live in the desert
It's what pretty girls do

I'm throwing caution
What's it gonna be?
Tonight the winds of change are blowing wild and free
If I don't get out
Out of this town
I just might be the one who finally burns it down
I'm throwing caution
I'm throwing caution

Never had a diamond
On the sole of her shoes
Just blacktop white trash
Straight out of the news

Doesn't like birthdays
They remind her of why
She can go straight from zero
To the Fourth of July

I'm throwing caution
What's it gonna be?
Tonight the winds of change are coming over me
If I don't get out
Out of this town
I just might be the one who finally burns it down
I'm throwing caution
I'm throwing caution
I'm throwing caution
I'm throwing caution

'Cause it's some kind of sin
To live your whole life
On a might've been
I'm ready now


     Hi Frisco is a duo in the UK, so they may not be aware that many residents in the San Francisco Bay Area involuntarily wince upon hearing the nickname Frisco. We will live. The duo is formed of Henry Eastham and Felix Rashman. While talking about their single, “The War,” Eastman said:
  I started writing this song whilst trying to come to terms with a point in my life where there was a lot of change and no defined path of what to do or where to be for the first time in a long time. The overwhelming amount of creative freedom, the daydreamed abstract ideas, trying to hone it into something that made some kind of sense, to us at least. The importance of making mistakes, the struggles of life, and all that comes with growing up builds to the outro, which swirls off into a serenity of almost helpless indifference to all that came before as the journey continues.

     “The War" by Hi Frisco


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