Redemption: On The Subject of Feeling
Much of the music we were listening to around this time dealt with the heaviness of experiences and deeper emotions and we channeled that idea into the new songs we were writing for the album. The vulnerability we've seen in many artists that we're fans of has inspired us to be more open and honest in the music we create. I've found that the more vulnerable you are, the more people usually connect with the raw emotions you put forward in a song. We ultimately want our new album to connect with people so that it can be something of a comforting presence when someone needs a song to calm them down and let them know they're not alone. This playlist captures some of our main influences when creating "Redemption."
Kalimur - Fire Away: "Fire Away" chronicles a relationship over a couple decades and how you can build up something really substantial with someone and then see it go away. It never becomes a despairing song though, for it leaves with the idea that they still love each other and still had a good run at making something beautiful.
Imagine Dragons - Demons: "Demons" combines interesting production with really honest lyrics depicting an internal fight with the demons in one's head. It's catchy, but with a real message that I believe a lot of us can relate to.
Civil Twilight - Holy Dove: There is a bite to "Holy Dove" that really gets me a bit mad and pumped up. It's a little more ambiguous when it comes to its message, but when that guitar solo comes in towards the end it really pushes you to feel something. The vibe of this song that comes with its bluesy and distorted outfit was inspiring sonically for us when making the album.
A Silent Film - You Will Leave a Mark: This song sends this message of hope to the listener and yet has a tinge of a tragic feel to it. I like the dichotomy of the optimistic theme with the more concerned sound.
Cage the Elephant - Cigarette Daydreams: Jonah, our drummer, was asking me throughout the whole recording process to listen to Cage the Elephant. I finally checked out their music and this song stuck out to me. It's just extremely raw sounding, like he could have been playing it in your living room on just an old, worn-down guitar. I love the vibe of the song.
Hey Rosetta! - Yer Spring: Alex, our guitarist, has been a huge fan of Hey Rosetta! for years and got the rest of us really into their music. They do a great job of building up a song in tension and density until it just explodes melodically. They pull on the heartstrings as well as any other artist. They can evoke real emotion from the listener and always leave you with a sense of comfort.
Kalimur - Empty Hands: "Empty Hands" is quite simply a song about the feeling you get when you invest yourself in someone and it's not quite reciprocated. It deals with the fallout and acceptance of knowing it's not something you have anymore. These are things everyone goes through and we hope people can relate to what we ourselves have gone through.
Thank you for reading and we hope you can check out our new album "Redemption" (out Jan 25th) and connect to these other songs as well. Much love! x
Thanks once again to Kalimur for sharing their musical memories with us. You can preorder their album Redemption, out January 25th via iTunes.
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