Lucy establishes her beautiful voice among the instruments, taking wonderful rhythmic turns alongside the instrumentation before allowing them to bloom and expand pushing the song forward. "Needless" follows, showing the band's maturity and attention to detail. It is declarative, yet vulnerable, a perfect offering to follow the first exposition. These types of production decisions are those that make heavily profound albums.
It takes time to set up emotion, and as with any solid album, even more time to take the listener on a journey. The Knights Project takes time with their songs without wasting a drop of it. Guy Hayes joins for vocals on "Mollusc," and is a pleasant surprise. Hayes harmonically snuggles right next to Lucy, paying great attention to detail. The Knights Project moves throughout The Shoreham Sessions with focus and control. "Lung" gives a bit of a surprise with its change throughout, and again, it is very welcome and well-placed. Lucy's lyrical maturity can't go unnoticed.
As I make my way through the sessions, I long to know a bit more about her influences. "The Land of the Dead," with its phantoms, gives me a bit of personal imagery. Rather, I mean I derive my own personal meaning from it, which is something all artists should hope for. That's not to say that listeners shouldn't pay attention to messages, but it sure helps songs stick in people's heads when they can attribute new meaning. That is a difficult task to accomplish; it takes wit.
The Shoreham Sessions is as sharp as it is beautiful; it will disarm and decompress listeners. Each note peels away another layer revealing a deep, well-thought-out, sincere recording worth sharing with loved-ones.
Your debut Album "No Mood" was released last month, what influenced the sound and songwriting for the tracks?
Blake Mills’ first record, Break Mirrors, set me on the path of this project more than anything. I’d come back to it again and again, for the songwriting, arrangements, production… I find every minute of that album so inspiring.
What's your songwriting process?
I pounce on different instruments and try to start writing something before the judge-y part of my brain can get in the way. I also go for lots of walks. I'm not sure how productive they are, but the walks are my favorite part.
Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music?
Sure. There are a lot of unintended meanings at least, that I find buried in there later. I almost always like what they end up being.
What are your future plans for your music?
We'll be playing shows through the rest of the year — follow us online to stay in the loop! And already at work on the next record, more news on that soon.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
I went to a theater and saw this movie, where the picture kept cutting to black random moments. I thought it was supposed to be experimental and I was pretty into it. But it turned out the theater was just having trouble with the projector.
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The track is a dark and angsty bit of folk noir, shown in both the melancholic undulation of the instrumentation and the lyrics, which explore themes of poverty, gambling, and isolation. Regarding the inspiration behind the song, Gemma states, “Nursing hangovers on a Saturday morning we shared our saddest stories and came up with the opening line “I’m never going back”; from there the song wrote itself.”
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As the song name might imply, Astralingua's "Space Blues" is just that, an absolutely beautifully crafted, insightful journey. As I listened, I couldn't help but begin to think of my own journeys in life. The track has a way of allowing a person to reflect back on choices, consequences, and regret. Astralingua skillfully prevents the listener from spiraling into uncomfortable thought, allowing them to reflect from a safe space, sonically speaking. The instrumentation and arrangement are contemporary, futuristic, and nostalgic all at the same time. I attribute this to the instrumentation; in particular, Astralingua's use of synth alongside much older instruments such as the strings and (wood?) flute create a "Star-Trekkian" vibe that I'm loving more with each repeat.
Astralingua's full length album, "Safe Passage," will be released on March 8, 2019.
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Art is in the details and what separates hobbyists from professionals is paying attention to that detail. Little Comfort's final track, "Sky," makes sure to pay attention to detail and it's one of the things that make this song such a solid offering. The band delivers us a warm sound in "Sky" with its beautiful acoustic guitar and solid rhythm that sets a beautiful stage for extremely polished, well-performed vocals. The vocal layering gives the composition a glowing sensation. A dash of electronica influences occasionally peek out of the vocal tracks in the best way. This gives the song and band a refreshingly unique listening experience. Listening to this song makes me long to hear the band perform. This song was crafted at a high vibration, oozing peace, love, and tranquility. The West coast has no shortage of innovative artists (in truth too many to reference here), but I believe it's safe to say Little Comfort won't be underground much longer.
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