Friday, February 21, 2020

“New Blood (Reimagined)” by Zayde Wolf – A Song Feature


     Zayde Wolf had the boldness to “take his launch pad song and make it better” (apologies to “Hey Jude”). His single “New Blood” has been a fan favorite since its release in 2016. Zayde Wolf worked with Nick Box to reimage the single into an orchestral, cinematic force that demands and commands attention. 

     “New Blood (Reimagined)” begins with a short crescendo that leads to a drop into the first verse. Varying levels of vocal reverb and piano carry an ominous vibe, until the chorus. At the chorus, the vocals shift from portraying invincibility to exposing vulnerable, as they move to a higher octave and lose the reverberation. It is one of the many nuances that evidence the time taken and skill required in reimaging “New Blood.”

     While the piano plays an important role in “New Blood (Reimagined),” the strings transport the song to a cinema-ready wonder. The strings are forceful, whether plucked or played with bows. The power is most evident from the change in texture near the end of the song, when the strings stop and the piano brings the melody to a close.

     Zayde Wolf is the solo project of Dustin Burnett, a producer and musician based in Nashville, Tennessee.

     “New Blood (Reimagined)” by Zayde Wolf




Lyrics of “New Blood (Reimagined)” by Zayde Wolf
I spent my whole life chained to the wall
Hungry for more, not afraid to fall
Had to cut a man down to get where I am
But I broke through and here I stand

Don’t try to fight
Nothing you can do
I’m gonna run all over you
It’s too late to try
There’s nothing you can do
I’m gonna run all over you

I’m looking for new blood
And nothing’s can stop me now
I’m looking for new blood
And nothing’s can stop me now

Most of my life, was heavy and hard
So many days, so many scars
But it was all those years, to make who I am, yah
Yah, but I broke through and here I stand

Don’t try to fight
Nothing’s you can do
I’m gonna run all over you
It’s too late to try
There’s nothing you can do
I’m gonna run all over you

I’m looking for new blood
And nothing’s gonna stop me now
Yah, I’m looking for new blood
And nothing’s gonna stop me now

I’m looking for new blood, new blood
And nothing’s going to stop me now
I’m looking for new blood, yah
Nothing’s going to stop me now
Nothing’s going to stop me
I’m looking for new blood

Thursday, February 20, 2020

“By and By” by Native – A Song Feature


     There is a gentle beauty to “By and By.” And there is an anonymity to its originator, Native. His concerts are typically in Europe (Poland, Germany and Switzerland), but he visits the Los Angeles area. For the release of “By and By,” he stated that it is “the first single of my upcoming album. written together with my good friend and incredible songwriter michael kaiser (@apieceofcoffee ). produced, recorded and mixed by jordan ruiz (@thejordanruiz ).

     “By and By” by Native

Links to “By and By:” https://lnk.site/by-and-by

Lyrics of “By and By” by Native
Two stones in my pocket
Thirty thousand in the air
Splitting thoughts on the wings of the airplane
I'll call you when I'm there

Same old town
Same old feeling
Different houses
Different floor
And I burn another cigarette
So I can light one more

By and by

Come on take your chances
Ain't that what a heart is for
Flip a coin I'll let you call it
I ain't good at love no more

By and by

Do you remember
The trees we planted
The trees we grew?

Do you remember
The trees we planted
The trees we grew?

And when the day comes
I hope our branches
Bring you shade

And when the wind blows
I know our leaves
Will call your name

By and by

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

“Enemy” by Strange Heart – A Song Feature


     For the many reasons we praise the band Blue October, we applaud “Enemy” by Strange Heart. The lyrics are widely relatable, although they are somewhat unsettling in their revelation of the mindset resulting from a mental illness. The instrumentation complements the lyrical content. “Enemy” begins with a bouncy solo, but a piano soon joins with an ominous three-tone sequence that both foreshadows the lyrical content and lays a foundation for the piano outro. And like Blue October, the vocals from Strange Heart have a power and an allure.

     Strange Heart explains, "’Enemy’ is a song about mental illness, family, and taking a hard look in the mirror, even when you're afraid of what you may see.” The lyrics are included at the bottom of this post. The band is based in Detroit, Michigan. The members are Josh Clemens (lead vocals, guitar), Bryce Carroll-Coe (vocals, lead guitar), Mike Schneider (vocals, bass), and Bobby Jankowski (drums).

     “Enemy” by Strange Heart 




Lyrics of “Enemy” by Strange Heart
The enemy
Is a part of me
The enemy looks a lot like me
Looks a lot like me

The blood we share didn’t cost a thing
The blood we share has cost us everything
No keeping us from the ones we love
No saving us from the ones we love
No saving us from the ones we love

I'm on trial
I'm on trial

Some days I wake as someone else
In the morning I think the who I was just left
Too scared to put voice to the truth
I've always been afraid that I'm just like you
I'm always afraid that I'm just like you

I'm on trial
I'm on trial

Strung out on a wire
Pull me inside
No sleeping tonight
No sleeping tonight
Strung out on a wire
Pull me inside
No sleeping tonight
No sleeping tonight

Pull me inside
Pull me inside

There's a thin line between my disguise and me
And it only reveals what it wants you to see
A thin line between my disguise and me
No hiding what's underneath, no hiding what's underneath
No hiding
No hiding what’s underneath
No hiding
No hiding

I'm on trial
I'm on trial

I'm on trial
I'm on trial
Strung out on a wire
Pull me inside
I'm on trial
Strung out on a wire
Pull me inside
I’m on trial
Strung out on a wire

Pull me inside
Trial
Pull me inside
Trial
Pull me inside
Trial
Pull me inside
Trial