Tuesday, June 18, 2024

"Does Only God Know That We're Lonely?" by Sea Girls – A Song Feature

 

     The lyrics intelligently reveal the protagonist's inner thoughts and insecurities, yet they offer flexibility in the interpretation, allowing listeners to easily find common ground. As a result, "Does Only God Know That We're Lonely?" encourages listeners to relate and find comfort in shared anxiety. Then, the “band vocals” arrive with the chorus, expanding the sense of camaraderie and broadening the message into “we are a community.” The song from Sea Girls is strong throughout, but it is the chorus that’s powerful:
Sometimes we're just, we're just holding on
To deep space and bad dreams and miracles
When we smile, it's like, it's like there's nothing wrong
Does only God know that we're lonely?
 
      “Does Only God Know That We're Lonely?" immediately diverges from the norm – shunning the standard instrumental intro and instead uttering “Stop” with a tone that is as much a plea as it is a command. The outro also breaks the rules, as the voice struggles with maintaining the notes. Earlier (just prior to the two-minute mark), the instruments step back to allow an increased intimacy for a verse suggesting a one-on-one meeting within a dream. Clearly, Sea Girls put significant time and thought into maximizing the impact to their song. 
 
     Sea Girls are a UK band comprising Henry Camamile (vocals, guitar), Rory Young (lead guitar), Andrew Dawson (bass), and Oli Khan (drums). “Does Only God Know That We're Lonely?" is one of 12 tracks on the album “Midnight Butterflies,” which was released on June 14, 2024, via Alt. Records. The Spotify stream of the album is embedded at the bottom of this post. While talking about the album, Camamile said:
  “It feels and sounds like a fledgling band making their energetic untainted debut record. It's super optimistic and euphoric. There was a huge freedom in making this record. It’s an exciting time for music across genres, and who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?”
 
     "Does Only God Know That We're Lonely?" by Sea Girls

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Lyrics of "Does Only God Know That We're Lonely?" by Sea Girls
Stop
I am everything you think that I'm not
Between loving you and giving you up
Tried to put it in a song, but it sucked
 
Here we go
Sliding backwards to letting her go
Eating Sherbet as we walk to the show
Singing, screaming, ripped shirts on new clothes
Do you know?
 
Sometimes we're just, we're just holding on
To deep space and bad dreams and miracles
When we smile, it's like, it's like there's nothing wrong
Does only God know that we're lonely?
Does only God know that we're lonely?
 
Stop
I wish somebody could stop all the clocks
Tell me why I'm here, how long have I got?
Is it cool to be something I'm not?
 
Well, I guess that I'll become what I'm gonna become
And I can't move faster than the pace that I run
And everything that shines is gonna get dull
It's just a feeling
 
Sometimes we're just, we're just holding on
To deep space and bad dreams and miracles
When we smile, it's like, it's like there's nothing wrong
Does only God know that we're lonely?
Does only God know that we're lonely?
 
When you dream
Do you dream the same place as me?
Let's meet up in each other's sleep
Just you and just me
Just me
 
Sometimes we're just, we're just holding on
To deep space and bad dreams and miracles
When we smile, it's like, it's like there's nothing wrong
Does only God know that we're lonely?
 
Sometimes we're just, we're just holding on
To deep space and bad dreams and miracles
When we smile, it's like, it's like there's nothing wrong
Does only God know that we're lonely?
Does only God know that we're lonely?

Friday, June 14, 2024

“Heaven To Me” by lotusbliss – A Song Feature


      With the release of their seven-track LP, “Deafening And Silent,” lotusbliss unveil “Heaven To Me,” their best showcase of the combination of vocal prowess and percussion proficiency. Early in her career, Joni Mitchell was renowned for utilizing her impressive vocal range and creative songwriting skills to craft songs featuring vocal patterns with unconventional leaps up and down the scale (for example, “Both Sides Now”). The three brothers who comprise lotusbliss have no reason to remain humble when compared to Mitchell.
 
     The skillfulness of the drumming is most apparent during the initial 20 seconds and the final 10 seconds. Those times are bookends for equitably sharing the spotlight with the other instruments. Most noteworthy, the bridge that begins around 2:10 features strong guitar.
 
     The members of lotusbliss are brothers Seth, Josh, and Adam, who hail from Canterbury, UK. The credits for “Heaven To Me” identify Seth Gauton as the drummer, Adam Gauton as contributing piano and synth, and Josh Gauton as bassist and guitarist. The band’s sound is described as a fusion of their small-town Canterbury roots with an ambitious cinematic soundscape. The content relating to the debut mini-LP is interesting and insightful:
  Love is a lot like the solar system. Planets moving round a central point, sometimes spinning at the same time, sometimes getting out of sync. Whether it’s romantic, platonic or familial, it’s a delicate thing. And on ‘Deafening And Silent,’ lotusbliss consider the orbital nature of love; ever spinning and ever changing. Taking everything they’ve done before and skyrocketing it, this new era is as future-thinking and adventurous as the space race that inspired it, incorporating more eighties synth details and high octane climaxes for a sounAdamd that soars about the current indie scene.”
 
     “Heaven To Me” is the lead track from the LP. The LP is available for purchase or streaming via the Bandcamp site of lotusbliss – CLICK HERE
 
     Heaven To Me” by lotusbliss


Monday, June 10, 2024

“I See Red” by Jim Rafferty – A Song Feature

 
      It is a song that’s been with us for more than 40 years. Now, the writer is getting performance credit. Jim Rafferty recently released a 7’’ single having his song “I See Red.” ABBA’s Anni-Frid Lyngstad’s (aka “Frida”) 1982 solo album included the song, as did a 1983 album from the Irish band Clannad. Jim’s brother, Gerry Rafferty of “Baker Street” fame, covered the song in 1992.
 
     The Jim Rafferty release of “I See Red” features megaphone-like vocals and appealing guitar plucking. No disrespect to his brother’s and other artists’ versions of the track, but this latest release is superior.
 
     “I See Red” by Jim Rafferty

Lyrics of “I See Red” by Jim Rafferty
Back in my schooldays, acting the fool days
One and one and one makes three
And a man said: "Boy, come and cut yourself a piece of the big time."
 
Armour-clad horses, riding Trojan horses
Never made sense to me
I didn't want to be a part of the great debate on moonshine
 
"Stop, pay the price," they said to me
Take this advice “You're out of your head”
I said: "Stop, hold the phone, this has to be
Cut to the bone. Too bad I see red”
I see red, I see red, I see rеd
 
When the sly man stumbles, twists, and hе tumbles
He always lands on his feet
And he sets his face towards the far horizon
Won't you come this way, can't you go that way?
But his rhythm don't miss a beat
'Cause he's doing everything he can to keep surviving
 
"Stop, pay the price," they said to me
Take this advice, “You're out of your head”
I said: "Stop, hold the phone, this has to be
Cut to the bone. Too bad I see red”
I see red, I see red, I see rеd
[Repeat]
 
So who wants a riot? People should be quiet
Don't we give them good T.V.?
You can learn to love your lifetime of distraction
 
Nothing on the inside, nothing on the outside
All the way from A to Z
I can live without that kind of satisfaction
 
"Stop, pay the price," they said to me
Take this advice “You're out of your head”
I said: "Stop, hold the phone, this has to be
Cut to the bone. Too bad I see red”
I see red, I see red, I see rеd
[Repeat]