Wednesday, October 16, 2019

“Traveler” by Luca Aprile - A Song Feature


     We are a little late in posting the song, since prime traveling season is in the rearview mirror. But “Traveler” is a great airport song, even though it’s directed to the feelings of the person left behind. The song is from Luca Aprile of Zurich, Switzerland.

     Quoting a bio:
  The Zürich native with the smooth, yet large voice, has the gift of captivating the audience with ease and his sly charm. But charm isn’t enough; the gifted musician is capable of writing larger-than-life melodies and giving deeper meanings to seemingly simple phrases.

      “Traveler” by Luca Aprile





Lyrics of “Traveler” by Luca Aprile
You're on a plane to Tokyo
To LA and to places I don't know
And every time you're leaving home
I hate it but I know it's not for long

When you travel down the coast
When you look across the shore
When you hear the ocean roar
I'm waiting for your call

When you make it to the island
Sand beneath your feet
When you look at the horizon
Will you think of me?

You are a traveler
My bed feels cold when you're gone
You are a traveler
You know that I love you when I let you go

You're taking off to Mexico
To Paris and I know you long for more
I'm waiting for you all night long
I wanna see the pictures on your phone

The sun goes down, the sun comes up
I wake up slow I wonder where you've gone
You left the ground, oh a while ago
I'm losing every sense of time

You are a traveler
My bed feels cold, oh when you're gone
You are a traveler
You know that I love you when I let you go

I wanna feel the warmth of your skin
All I want is you here with me
Don't wanna fall asleep on my own
My bed feels cold when you're gone

You are a traveler
You are a traveler
My bed feels cold when you're gone
You are a traveler
You know that I love you when I let you go
You know that I love you when I let you go
You know that I love you when I let you go

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

“Into The Fire" by Diamond Shake – A Song Feature


     “Into The Fire” includes an uncomplicated piano hook that stands alone in the intro and continues to play a significant role for almost two minutes, despite the force of the vocals and instruments that join the piano. It’s a testament to the position that complexity is not a requirement for elegance or power.

      Diamond Shake is the moniker of Matt Hitchens. Quoting his bio:
  One man band, from London to LA. I moved out to LA seven years ago to make a career in music, having started playing instruments when I was around eight years old. Over the last two and a half years, I have written, performed, produced, engineered and mixed every note of "From Method To Madness," an album about my issues with depression, anxiety, anger, and low self-esteem.

     “Into The Fire" by Diamond Shake 




Lyrics of “Into The Fire" by Diamond Shake
I led you straight down into my soul to save me,
Led you straight down into my soul,
Now you’re taking control,
Oh Lord, more than I know.

I let you take me out of the cold to warm me,
Let you take me out of the cold,
Now you’re taking control,
Oh Lord, more than I know.

As we go straight down into the fire (Repeat 4x]
As we go

I let you break me down to the bone to heal me,
Let you break me down to the bone,
Now you’re taking control,
Oh Lord, more than I know

Why won’t you take me out of the fire?
Why won’t you take me out of the fire?
Why won’t you let me heal from the burns that I earned,
Now that I’ve given everything you desire?

And I don’t think, I don’t think that I can ever stop,
So I guess, I guess, I guess I never will,
And I don’t think, I don’t think that I can ever stop,
So I guess, I guess, I guess I never will

Lost in nights that last so long,
Nights that last forever,
But the sickness we thrive from,
Keeps us sick together

I let you burn my heart just to save my skin,
I let you burn my heart to ashes,
Now you’ve taken control,
Oh Lord, more than I know

Why won’t you take me out of the fire?
Why won’t you take me out of the fire?
Why won’t you let me heal from the burns that I earned,
Now that I’ve given everything you desire?

And I don’t think, I don’t think that I can ever stop,
So I guess, I guess, I guess I never will,
And I don’t think, I don’t think that I can ever stop,
So I guess, I guess, I guess I never will

And I don’t think,
I don’t think that I can,
I don’t think that I don’t think that,
I don’t think that I can ever stop.

Monday, October 14, 2019

“Hollow Sound” by The Satellite Station - A Song Feature


      If there is justice in the Indie universe, “Hollow Sound” will cause an explosion that will test the limits of safety equipment. The single from The Satellite Station is exceptional in every dimension. The lyrics are intelligent and relatable, even inspiring. The message is a focus on perspective – the short-term and long-term limitations of being human.

     Vocally, “Hollow Sound”” is striking, yet pleasing. Early in the song, the voice of The Satellite Station is consistent with the admissions of personal weaknesses: “It’s hard to face that I’m just a man, and I all I can do is the best I can.” Later, the conviction to the existential message is apparent: “So when I lose this war with time, and I finally close my eyes, what will be left behind?”. Still the attractiveness and effectiveness of the vocals increase when a female voice enters in harmony with that of The Satellite Station.

      Instrumentally, like the vocals, if there was any temptation to be satisfied with early success, it was resisted. A piano sits atop background quieter sounds to drive the melody, while a kickdrum “heartbeat” provides the rhythm. Then, a electric guitar fully surfaces almost three minutes into “Hollow Sound.”  

     Quoting his bio:
  The Satellite Station is the solo project of singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Travis Rue. In 2019, The Ohio native began recording new material that melds his pop background with indie/folk elements. With haunting folk-inspired melodies and emotionally deep lyrics, Rue’s storytelling transports the listener to relatable experiences in their own lives.

     “Hollow Sound” by The Satellite Station




Lyrics of “Hollow Sound” by The Satellite Station (with some best guesses)
My whole life I have been afraid
I have hedged my bets and I’ve played it safe

It’s hard to face that I’m just a man
And I all I can do is the best I can

Cause I never give myself a break
Every good thing is either luck or fate
Sowing seeds will find new ground
But the beat of my heart makes a hollow sound
Yea, the beat of my heart, it makes a hollow sound

And though I, I’m losing sleep
I’ve got miles to go
I’ve got mouths to feed
So when I lose this war with time
And I finally close my eyes
What will be left behind?
Behind?

So the truth is all I’ll ever be
Is just a shadow cast in the open sea
When will I leave that stone behind
As just a marker of this passing time?

Cause I never give myself a break
Every good thing is either luck or fate
Sowing seeds will find new ground
But the beat of my heart is a hollow sound
Yea, the beat of my heart makes a hollow sound

And though I, I’m losing sleep
I’ve got miles to go
I’ve got mouths to feed
So when I lose this war with time
And I finally close my eyes
What will be left behind?
Behind?
[Repeat]

“Don't Think About Me” by They Owe Us – A Song Feature


     They Owe Us turn childhood unpleasantries/issues into music. The video of “Don’t Think About Me” reflects their early-age struggles with acceptance. They are duo Rane and Kris in Gothenburg, Sweden. Quoting their bio:
  Rane grew up on a pig farm, and Kris was raised in a house shared by people with developmental disabilities; both from Sweden, but very far apart. As their home lives were decidedly outside of the norm, they found themselves easy targets for bullies and were cast as outsiders in their formative years. Music offered the perfect escape.

     “Don't Think About Me” is the second single from the duo's debut album, “Broken English & Sad Serenades.”

     “Don't Think About Me” by They Owe Us




Lyrics of “Don't Think About Me” by They Owe Us
I don't know what you need
I don't know what you want
But I know that you donʼt want me
Don't know what you want from me

Every step a killing motion
Every effort hits the floor
Sinking like a stone in the ocean
When we could be so much more

I don't know what you think
I don't know what you feel
What do you think about us
And do you feel that we
Should keep trying when itʼs dying
Hanging in a little thread
Well think it all over
I don't know what you intend

Don't think about me
Don't think about me
Don't think about me
Don't think about me
Think it all over

Every corner meets a bad end
Keep your running far from me
Feels like I can see the future
You won't use your eyes to see
Donʼt think about me

Every step a killing motion
Every effort hits the floor
Sinking like a stone in the ocean
When we could be so much more

Don't think about me

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Zilverbacks - Free Saturday (“FL&R”)

     Finding songs that can be legally downloaded is easy. The difficult task is to find legally downloadable music that we recommend. Our plan is to post at least one Free, Legal and Recommended (FL&R) song each Saturday.

     Zilverbacks is the project of Chris Harris, who writes, records and produces on the comfort of his bedroom. Unable to read music and with no formal musical education, within half a year, Harris has created an impressively powerful collection of evocative lyrics and eclectic sounds. The single “Real Lies” is an expressive melodic belter targeting betrayal, naïvety and disbelief.

     “Real Lies” by Zilverbacks (Available on a name-your-price basis. Tips appreciated.)


Lyrics of “Real Lies” by Zilverbacks
How long ‘til you realize
All is gone and all is futile
And there’s a way you’ve seen it all before
Felt the knife, locked the door
Thought I knew better
Thought I knew more
But there’s a way you felt I know
There’s a way you felt it I know

Better not remind me of, who I am
Better not remind me of, where I stand
But there’s a way you felt it all before

How long ‘til I realize
All your love was in disguise
As demons knocking at my door
Damn the angels deafened to cry calls
Thought you knew better
Than to fuck, fuck with my heart
There’s a way you felt it, I know
There’s a way you felt it I know

Better not mind me of, who I am
Better remind me of, where I stand

Never thought I could feel this way
Seems to me there’s meaning in the day
You never even realized, you
Sat down and washed your eyes
But there’s a way you felt it I know
There’s a way you felt I know

Better not remind me of, who I am
Better not remind me of, where I stand
There’s a way you felt it all before

Suppose I better let her go, then I’ll never really know
Suppose I better let her go, suppose I better
Suppose I better let her go

Friday, October 11, 2019

“Symmetry” by SYML – A Song Feature


     SYML is not a newcomer to generating powerful musical pieces. His 2017 single “Where’s My Love” carries an emotional power that cannot be explained by the simplicity of the piano and strings that accompany questioning around a missed lover. ”Body” is another moving single in the sense that attention to the song displaces the emotion of the listener.

     With “Symmetry,” SYML exhibits his ability to yield power in another dimension. The force of “Symmetry” is held first in the instruments and second in the presentation of the lyrical content. Yes, the vocals are wondrous, but in comparison to his earlier gems, SYML uses the instruments to do the heavy lifting. Just beyond the two-minute mark, a crescendo is built by strings, horns and percussion. Almost one minute later, the crescendo reaches its peak and immediately descends. It is extraordinarily effective.

     “Symmetry” is a musical portrait, both lyrically and instrumentally. The song reflects upon black holes. The crescendo can be interpreted as traveling toward and then into a black hole, but there may be equally plausible explanations. In talking about the song, SYML explained:
  "I have been obsessed with black holes for awhile now, mostly with how insignificant they make me feel. There is something extremely beautiful and daunting about infinity, especially when it comes to our inability to understand it. This song feels like the dust that gathered in an abandoned space station that’s been circling earth for years…"

     SYML is the project of Brian Fennell. Simplicity is what moves SYML – pronounced “simmel”, it means “simple” in Welsh. Adopted and not knowing his history or connection to his Welsh roots until the age of 18, Fennell creates music from his basement home studio in Issaquah, 20 miles to the east of Seattle.

     “Symmetry” by SYML




Lyrics of “Symmetry” by SYML
Come now child the day is long
Hide not yourself from me

Angels sing the final song
Silence will turn to sleep

Take heed my son
The darkness will come

Blackholes will bend the proudest ones
And change up your symmetry

Just as the night swallows the sun
I know you’ll come for me

Take heed my son
The darkness will come

Rest now, my child, the day is done
The dark comes for everything

Inside the heart of everyone
There lives infinity

“L. Lane” by Callum Pitt – A Song Feature


     The skills of Callum Pitt are in full display in his single “L. Lane.”  Callum’s finger-pick dexterity is apparent from guitar that dances in and out as the song progresses. He is often praised for strength in the falsetto register, as justified by backing vocals in “L. Lane.” The single has the infectious rhythm of Folk influenced by the sensibilities of American Westerns. And the lyrics are intelligent - for example:
And I'm painfully aware life can be plucked out as a hair
And I'm somewhere else, almost anywhere
And neglecting time that I won't get back
Oh no

     If pressed to identify a “best sequence” in “L. Lane,” the choice would be the subtlety in the stepped attractiveness that occurs during the verse that includes the lyrics shown above (the full verse begins at 1:18). Prior to reaching the line that begins “And I’m painfully aware…,” the song has an energizing rhythmic drumming and the soothing voice of Callum Pitt. Crisp guitar joins during “painfully aware,” upping the attractiveness. The guitar work is higher frequency, then somewhat lower. Next, the level of attractiveness is increased again by adding harmonization, which is likely achieved by overdubbing the voice of Callum.

     Callum Pitt is an Indie Folk musician from Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. He identifies his influences as The War On Drugs, Bon Iver, and Fleet Foxes.

      “L. Lane” by Callum Pitt




Lyrics of “L. Lane” by Callum Pitt
The edges of the curtains were golden and blurred
Lay and watched the shadows move like silence falling on a church
This fatigue seems to be spreading out like wildfire through my bones
'Cause I can't see straight in this thickening haze of resentment to these days that leave us alone

Words don't pierce this ringing in my ears
I'm just watching as these minutes disappear

I walked about an hour as the light went down
'Cause I was trying to get some air while you were trying not to drown
And I'm painfully aware life can be plucked out as a hair
And I'm somewhere else almost anywhere and neglecting time that I won't get back
Oh no

Words don't pierce this ringing in my ears
I'm just watching as these minutes disappear

The chorus of the birds are bringing in the light
And I'm shuffling down L. Lane tonight
And I've been dreaming of the day, oh for now it's out of sight
Shuffling down L. Lane tonight

Words don't pierce this ringing in my ears
I'm just watching as these minutes disappear

The chorus of the birds are bringing in the light
And I'm shuffling down L. Lane tonight
And I've been dreaming of the day oh for now it's out of sight
Shuffling down L. Lane tonight
[Repeat]