Thursday, April 2, 2020

“Cheryl” by Gaspar Sanz – A Song Feature


     “Cheryl” begins with a cat cry, raising a curiosity that grabs a listener’s attention. As noted later in this post, the sound of the cat also hints at the motivation for the song from Gasper Sanz. “Cheryl” is then launched into a high-energy mode by skillful percussion and intriguing guitar. Once launched, the vocals are the propulsion. The lead vocals are rhythmic, while the occurrences of the larger-voice chorus are more melodic and catchier – lower the drawbridge to listener participation.

     The song is infectiously energetic, but not at the sacrifice of being dynamic. The best illustration is the transition from the first chorus to the next verse. The relatively melodious chorus ends at 1:03. What follows is skillfully selected and crafted “noise.” Then, a quick-speak verse raises the appreciation for the skills of the lead singer of Gaspar Sanz. The member of the band from Sydney (via Perth), Australia, are Jimmy Bell (vocalist), Sammy Davenport (drums), Dom Coulton (bass), and Jesse Lawrence (guitar).

     The identify of “Cheryl” was shared by the band:
   "This song was inspired by a cat called Cheryl who used to live with Jimmy (singer) and Sammy (drummer). Cheryl was a stray who was living on the roof of our other flatmate's previous residence and after a period of time, he ended up adopting her. She was very old and had a litany of health issues, but was a beautiful and gentle old soul, who had clearly seen some shit. The meows that are featured in the song are from Cheryl herself. Jimmy followed her around the apartment with a microphone for about half an hour to capture them."
   Despite the simplicity of the song's namesake, the lyrics delve deeper, exploring the parables between human relationships and those we have with feline companions.
  "Cats are extremely complicated and difficult. Loving anyone, in any capacity, is never unconditional or uncomplicated, it requires constant attention and comprise, much like a relationship with a feline."

     Gaspar Sanz is signed with Helium Records Australia. “Cheryl” is their first release of 2020. It was recorded at Golden Retriever Studios in Marickville with producer Oscar Dawson (Holy Holy).

     “Cheryl” by Gaspar Sanz


Lyrics of “Cheryl” by Gaspar Sanz
Wear you off
Wear you off
Were you out of it
I was young, on my own, when you doubted me
See I would love nothing more than the sound of it. oh, yeah, eh.

It started off like a lucid dream that I liked
It’s not at all like it used to be in my mind
It stared off like it used to be in my life
It’s not at all for me, for me, right.

Slipping off me when I’m stoned and you wanna say ooh, aah
Slipping off me when it’s cold and you wanna stay, aaah
Slipping off me when I’m stoned and you wanna say aaah, aah
Slipping off me when it’s cold and you wanna stay, aaah

I wanna get more space
Wanna feel safe and more important in my life.
Start with the daze
Start with my head it hurts so hard it feels alright.
Just see it my way (Feels alright)
Give me more peace
Give me no creeps more faith (No creep)
It’s only lonely
I’m starting to want to say it, hey

It started off like a lucid dream that I liked
It’s not at all like it used to be in my mind
It stared off like it used to be in my life
It’s not at all for me, for me, right.

Slipping off me when I’m stoned and you wanna say ooh, aah
Slipping off me when it’s cold and you wanna stay, aaah
Slipping off me when it’s cold and you wanna stay, aaah
Slipping off me when it’s cold and you wanna stay, aaah

Slipping of me when your stoned and you want to say, aaah
[Repeat 4x]

(Aaaaaahhh, Hey!)

Slipping off me when I’m stoned and you wanna say ooh, aah
Slipping off me when it’s cold and you wanna stay, aaah

Slipping off me when I’m stoned and you wanna say ooh, aah

Slipping off me when it’s cold and you wanna stay, aaah

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

March Songs that Bear Repeating

     As a welcome to the new month, here are the favorite songs from March posts of Indie Obsessive.

     “I'm Glad You're Happy” by Early Internet (from the post of March 19, CLICK HERE if interested).


      “Son” by Gordon Franklin Jr. (from the post of March 16, CLICK HERE if interested).


     “Break in the Willow” by Vandalye (from the post of March 12, CLICK HERE if interested).


     “No Trial In The Dark” by The Holy (from the post of March 23, CLICK HERE if interested).


     “Dust In The Sunlight” by Dust In The Sunlight (from the post of March 30, CLICK HERE if interested).


     “Strangers” by Mt. Joy (from the post of March 18, CLICK HERE if interested).


      “Smokescreen” by Tourists (from the post of March 9, CLICK HERE if interested).


     “The Storm” by FITUMI (from the post of March 3, CLICK HERE if interested).


     “Rewind” by Jet Black Alley Cat (from the post of March 20, CLICK HERE if interested).


     “Honest by Caroline Culver (from the post of March 27, CLICK HERE if interested).


     “When Nothing's Said” by Make Friends (from the post of March 5, CLICK HERE if interested).


     “This Is Your Time” by Demons Of Ruby Mae (from the post of March 14, CLICK HERE if interested).


     The comprehensive list of songs with Spotify accessibility and with deserving bonus tracks (via Spotify):
     “Pedestal” by Phantogram
      “Sometimes” by Kodaline
     “Why Won't You Admit” by Sea Girls
     “Guillotine” by Elektric Animals
     “Terrible Times” by Foreign Fields
     “Be Fine” by Enola Fall


Monday, March 30, 2020

“Dust In The Sunlight” by Dust In The Sunlight – A Song Feature


    The vocals and melody radiate warmth, while the lyrics express a willingness to remain cool. “Dust In The Sunlight” voices a willingness to keep a relationship a secret in order to appease the other person. The concession is described with poetic elegance in the first four lines:
You whispered hello
Still it hangs in the air like smoke
Raise my hand in half-surrender
I’ll pretend, just a friend

     “Dust In The Sunlight is from a duo with the same name as their single:
 “The song speaks about being caught up with someone who's emotionally unavailable and being prepared to compromise your own values in order to keep them around. We liked the imagery of the title so much that it became the namesake of the band.”

     The duo is Annie Rew Shaw and Billy Wright. They are equally skilled vocalists, which is evidenced during their harmonization and undeniable during vocal layering. Twice, a verse is started before the end of the previous verse. In both cases, the word “oxygen” is layered with the start of the next verse. It is done skillfully and elegantly.

      Dust In The Sunlight is based in in the UK. Annie Rew Shaw and Billy Wright met by chance, and quickly recognized how well their voices melded together. Within 12 months of their formation, Dust In The Sunlight signed a record deal with the label Project Melody. Together, they plan to release their first E.P in 2020.

     “Dust In The Sunlight” by Dust In The Sunlight

Streaming and download options: https://project-melody.lnk.to/GxAOv



Lyrics of “Dust In The Sunlight” by Dust In The Sunlight
You whispered hello
Still it hangs in the air like smoke
Raise my hand in half-surrender
I’ll pretend, just a friend
Breathe you in, oxygen

No one knows it
Keep it secret, keep it tight
Float by like dust in the sunlight
Dust in the sunlight

Oh, behave in any way you want
Just let me know
Or/ I’d change just to make you stay a minute more

Kept me hidden, stashed away
Your creature comfort, misheard name
The all-pretending, it means nothing
‘Til you lose it
Snatched away like oxygen

If no one knows then there’s no pressure
Love with no pain
Empty pleasure
Dust in the sunlight
Dust in the sunlight

Oh, behave in any way you want
Just let me know
Or, I’d change just to make you stay a minute more
[Repeat]