Thursday, April 19, 2018

“White Lines” by Eliza Shaddad – A Song Review

     Listening to “White Lines” was like reuniting with an unintentionally neglected sensation. In 2016, the music of Eliza Shaddad was an eminent resident in the Indie blogosphere. Indie Obsessive was particularly attached to the songs with one-word titles, including “War” and “Run.” The introduction to “White Lines” triggered decisons to revisit those songs, with overdue placements onto personal playlists.

     “White Lines” is a driving song, both lyrically and melodically. The white lines are road markings. Long highway drives create an almost reclusive condition that makes it easier to properly put things in perspective and sort through issues. Eliza explains, "White Lines is about the jubilation felt on finally being brave, making the right decision, and heading into the great unknown.”

     The song has a rhythm that’s consistent with the driving theme. There is a regularity that represents constant forward movement, but with instrumental variations to retain interest in the melody. In fact, a focus on the instruments adds to the enjoyment of “White Lines.” Perhaps most noteworthy is the guitar that imitates a Doppler effect, as if the car is traveling in the opposite direction of a train or semitruck using its horn (starting at the 4:33 mark).

     “White Lines” is the first single from the upcoming album of Londoner Eliza Shaddad. "Future" will be produced by her Mercury-nominated longtime collaborator, Chris Bond, who also worked on her “Run” and “Waters” EPs.

     “White Lines” by Eliza Shaddad


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

“Kids On The Corner” by The People The Poet – A Song Review

     Seldom is the name of a band so fitting as with The People The Poet. Their songs are poetic in handling topics to which most people can readily relate. The thoughts-set-to-melody band from South Wales recently released a 12-track album, “A Short Obsession With Time,” via AntiFragile Music. The album speaks to the thinking of the young, when the only concern is with the present, as well as the thoughts of adults struggling with the passage of time. The album has a theme, but the individual tracks easily stand on their own.

     “Kids On The Corner” portrays the mindset of the young – carefree, athletic, and loved despite being troublemakers, but blind to the realities of life. More poetically:
We were time-wasters
We were trouble markers
We were running at the speed of light
Running off into the night
Living without consequences
Jumping over all the fences
Angels in our mothers’ eyes
So oblivious to the coroner and his lies. 

       “Where The Dandelions Roar” is a song reflecting on childhood memories. Of the twelve tracks on “A Short Obsession With Time,” this is the one that best takes advantage of the band's vocal skills. The Rock guitars also play an important role.

     “Where Did The Year Go” similarly looks back at the passage of time. We mention this track because of its Angels & Airwaves style guitar. 

          The People The Poet are based in South Wales, UK. The members are Leon Stanford (vocals), Tyla Campbell (guitar), Lewis Roswell (drums), Pete Mills (bass guitar).

     “Kids On The Corner” by The People The Poet 




Lyrics of “Where The Dandelions Roar” by The People The Poet
There’s a field full of memories
Behind my parent’s house
Full of bluebells that I picked for my mother
I must have picked them all one summer

Cause they never ring or grow there anymore
Still, there’s a field full of memories
I can see from my back door
I can see from my back door
Where the dandelions roar
Where the dandelions roar

Oh, the trees looked so tall and wise
Some days I’d climb them
Just to see the world through their eyes
Other days I sat in a burnt out car
And I’d drive my imagination wild

Cause in my very own garden
That taught me to grow
In my very own garden
Where I rolled over snow
‘Til my fingers were red
They were red as a rose
They were cut by the cold

Where the dandelions roar
Where the dandelions roar
Where the dandelions
Roar
Where they roar

Where they roar
They roar

Where the buttercups drink up all the rain
Where the daisies never break the chain
Where the wind blows down the stream
I run beside them
All the way to Fairhill Lane
All the way to Fairhill Lane
Where the dandelions roar
They roar

Run, run, run
Your imagination wild
Let it run, run, run
As wild as a child
[Repeat]

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

“Defying Symmetry” by Fifth Dawn – A Song Review

     The start of “Defying Symmetry” is an assault on the ears of a first-time listener, but a welcomed one. The track begins with piano having a beauty and mastery suitable for a symphonic recital. It sets an expectation as to the path the song from Fifth Dawn will follow. The expectation undergoes an adjustment when the sound of a synth enters (although the official video embedded below shows no hint of a synth). The assault occurs with a shout, which is followed by vocals having a force, passion and quality reminiscent of Evanescence in its prime. Ingeniously, it’s a wakeup call in a song about being in a dream state.

     It wasn’t surprising to learn that Fifth Dawn is formed of artists who attended “selective” performing arts and academic high schools. The members of the band from Western Sydney are Samantha Faul (vocals), Mark Robertson (lead guitar), Jamie Panucci (rhythm guitar), and Ethan Pye (bass). We agree with the description of Fifth Dawn as having "built the foundation for a sound that captures a combination of ambient and heavy instrumentation with the souring melodic highs of Speech Level Singing trained, Samantha Faul.”

     In talking about “Defying Symmetry,” Samantha stated:
“This song is quite interesting conceptually – I was having a lot of lucid dreams at a point in my life due to various stressors, and with that came an unsettling, warped reality that became my constant dream state. In other words, I would often dream about things or settings in real life that would appear completely backwards when I would dream, and it was just so bizarre. That’s where I intended the music video to capture a lot of that imagination and feeling trapped within a dream.”

     The track was recorded in the home studio of their rhythm guitarist – Jamie. The studio was adapted to suit their purpose and to make the the process workable and cost effective. Mark Harris (The Ocean The Sky, Buried In Verona) produced the track alongside co-writers Samantha Faul and Mark Robertson. “Defying Symmetry” was mixed and mastered by Henrik Udd (Bring Me The Horizon, Architects) in Sweden. The music video was recorded and edited by James Unwin and Jake Pierce of Red Boss Productions.

     “Defying Symmetry” by Fifth Dawn

Bandcamp: https://fifthdawn.bandcamp.com/



Lyrics of “Defying Symmetry” by Fifth Dawn
Yeah!
I play the victim in these games
In hollow worlds that circle pain
In vicious cycles, it haunts me
I feel a distance from the sane
In parallel realities
Get help now
Get me out now

Hear the cries
Oh it hurts my heart
Give it to me straight
I need to know what world I'm in
I need to feel my own skin all over
Can you hear the sane?
Are they listening?
Can you free me?

I play the victim in these games
In hollow worlds that circle pain
In vicious cycles, it haunts me
I feel a distance from the sane
In parallel realities
Get help now
Get me out now

My guard is down
All that surrounds forms an understanding
Give it to me straight
I need to know what world I'm in
I need to feel my own skin all over
Can you free me?

I play the victim in these games
In hollow worlds that circle pain
In vicious cycles, it haunts me
I feel a distance from the sane
In parallel realities
Get help now
Get me out now

I'm not even tired
All I am wakes
Turn to the future and
Oh look what we've done?
Let's play with fire
And let ends meet
Turn to the future and
Let the past lift up from your feet!

Yeah
I play the victim in these games
In hollow worlds that circle pain
Get up now
Get me out now

Tell me tell me why I'm so far away
For when I woke up I could still remember it
Oh, I'm scared to wake up
When I know I'm still breathing
To me it's my own fate

I play the victim in these games
In hollow worlds that circle pain
Get help now, free me up now
I feel a distance from the sane
In parallel realities
Get help now
Get me out now