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2020. szeptember 15., kedd

Lemezajánló: GEMINI RISING – BEST CASE LIFE (2019)


Két szék között a… jelenbe! :)

Félelmetes(en jó) ez a lemez! És annyira vicces, hogy egy habkönnyűnek látszó popalbumról mondom ezt, ami szinti-pop, elektropop és dance, egy nagy adag  ’80-as évek imádattal és némi kora 2000-es évek behatással (a Molokótól a Frou Frou-n és Robyn-on át a College feat. Electric Youth-ig). „Retro-futuristic”, ahogyan a Gemini Rising tagjai, Fiora Cutler, Lester Mendez és Marco Niemerski megfogalmazták. Vérprofi zenészekről van szó: az 1979-es születésű, ausztrál Fiora klasszikus zenei és operaénekesi karriert hagyott ott a popzenéért és ment Berlinbe, a saját projektjei mellett Armin van Buuren és sok más előadó dalaiban vokálozott; a hamburgi  Niemerski Tensnake néven ismert dj, a Grammy-díjas Mendez pedig kubai, és Shakirától Nelly Furtado-n át Enrique Iglesiasig egy sor latino sztárnak írt nagy slágereket. Ők hárman Los Angelesben találkoztak és alapítottak közös zenekart, a Best Case Life az első lemezük, épp egy éve jelent meg. 



Azért érdekes, hogy a „félelmetes” jelző jutott eszembe erről az albumról, mert tényleg minden szám fülbemászó popdal és potenciális sláger rajta – egy másik univerzumban azok is lennének, jelenleg a Gemini Rising-nak pár ezer feliratkozója van. Ha egyik kedvenc énekesnőm-zenészem, Natasha Khan (Bat For Lashes) nem teszi fel tavasszal a Spotify-os lejátszási listájára a címadó számot, valószínűleg én sem ismerném őket.  A lemez pedig nem pont az, aminek látszik, vagyis hallatszik. :) Számomra az első lelkesedés után már cseppet sem tűnt könnyednek, felhozott fájdalmas érzéseket, és el is kezdett bosszantani, hogy ez egy ilyen nosztalgikus valami, amire már nincs szükségem. Talán az is közrejátszott, hogy míg első hallgatásokkor végigmozogtam / táncoltam az egészet, utána adtam neki egy kis statikus zene-befogadós időt is, és akkor elkezdett nyomasztani, úgyhogy félre is tettem. Írta valaki kommentben a YouTube-on, hogy olyan sebeket tép fel, amiknek a létezéséről talán nem is tudtál, hogy utána meggyógyuljanak – ez nagyon találó. Ehhez a szinthez mindenképp kell a nyitottság, ahogy minden művészi produktum esetén, meg nyilván az együttrezgés azzal, amit adni akarnak. 




No, és aztán újra elővettem és jött az igazi beleszeretés! :) Meg a felismerés, hogy ez a zene a múlandóságunkról szól, az időbe vetettségünkről, és az ezen való felülemelkedés lehetőségéről. Zavarba ejtő kombó a halálfélelemmel, a veszteséggel és a változástól való félelemmel szembenéző tartalom egy catchy (megragadó, tényleg fülbemászó) és végigtáncolható popzene formájába rejtve, de mégis megcsinálták és működik! Alapvetően gyönyörű az egész, mert 

a hol hátra, hol előre kalandozó zene- és szövegvilág odáig pörög, hogy az egyes dalokon belül is, és főként a lemez teljes ívén át megszületik az említett szembenézés, és ennek nyomán a jelenbe vetett erős hit. 

Ami valóban gyógyító, mert ha ráhangolódunk és felleljük magunkban, a múltbeli szellemek már nem vagy egyre kevésbé kísértenek, és feloldódik a jövőtől való szorongásunk is. Marad az életöröm, ami azonban már cseppet sem egy felszínes, magunkra erőltetett optimizmus. Egyáltalán nem véletlen a táncolhatóság sem, hisz’ a tánc, a mozgás híd a két lehetetlen, mégis delejesen vonzó idő-dimenzió között - és meghív bennünket a jelenbe. (Tavasszal, a karantén időszak alatt egy másik szuper, régebbi album kapcsán is írtam a táncról, és a táncra, mozgásra hangoló remek zenékről.)




Hú, nagyon sokat adott ez a lemez, imádom, különösen ebben a nyárbúcsúztató és intenzív energiákkal teli kora őszben! És bár tavaly szeptemberi, eddig a „2020-a év albuma” titulus az övé(ké) nálam! (Aztán lehet, hogy Sufjan-nak is lesz ehhez egy-két „szava” – az eddigi track-ekből ítélve a szeptember 25-én megjelenő The Ascension nagyon jó lesz, például ez, a legújabb szám-klip fantasztikus. De annyi baj legyen, ha nem tudok majd dönteni, melyik tetszik jobban, akkor nem is kell! :))


A Gemini Rising debütáló albumát teljes egészében meghallgathatod itt.  

Élvezd... és csináld, amit szeretsz! ;)


Kedvenceim: bár mindegyik számot szeretem, de mondjuk Sunrise Boulvard, Orbit, Let It Go By, és a két csúcspont feltétlenül a Tangy és a Nightsky, így egymás után!

(Hozzászólásban feltettem a szövegeket is!)


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Gemini Rising: Best Case Life (2019)

GR Records

Nálunk (Io-val mindkettőnknél) abszolút 10/10! :)

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ÚJ! Összes ingyenes csatornám egy helyen!

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13 megjegyzés:

  1. BEST CASE LIFE

    Standing right in front of me
    I see what you are
    Fall apart with that look on your face
    I've known this type before
    I thought I've learned my lesson
    But I can't seem to let it go
    Nothing left and it's pulling me under
    It's all out of my control

    'Cause we can't get enough of this lately
    Shining hard in our bare skinned light
    Tell me what you are and don't play me
    Doing what we love in our best case life

    Still frame frozen, I'm
    Lost in six degrees
    I know it's not for certain
    Nothing ends how I believe
    But I got a chance and I'll take it
    For curiosity

    'Cause we can't get enough of this lately
    Shining hard in our bare skinned light
    Tell me what you are and don't play me
    Doing what we love in our best case life

    'Cause we can't get enough of this lately
    Shining hard in our bare skinned light
    Tell me what you are and don't play me
    Doing what we love in our best case life

    Doing what we love, doing what we love
    Doing what we love, doing what we love
    Doing what we love, doing what we love
    Doing what we love, doing what we love
    'Cause we can't get enough of this lately
    Shining hard in our bare skinned light
    Tell me what you are and don't play me
    Doing what we love in our best case life

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  2. SPEEDOF SOUND

    The world stops wide enough to make its mark
    Your thoughts play louder coming through the dark
    We're wiser, louder than we were before
    So hold me back as we define it all

    'Cause we were never meant to get this far
    Put me on the pathways through the dark

    Now move me at the speed of sound
    When the lights go down
    Don't look back, we can't stop running
    We became our destiny
    When you said to me
    How'd we ever get so lucky?

    And as the quiet still defines the scene
    It passed through later on what could have been
    And all the places we could run, it's all behind us
    We'll hide the past under the future sun

    'Cause we were never meant to get this far
    You shook me on the pathways through the dark

    Now move me at the speed of sound
    When the lights go down
    Don't look back, we can't stop running
    We became our destiny
    When you said to me
    How'd we ever get so lucky?

    'Cause we were never meant to get this far
    You held me on the pathways through the dark

    Now move me at the speed of sound
    When the lights go down
    Don't look back, we can't stop running
    We became our destiny
    When you said to me
    How'd we ever get so lucky?

    'Cause we were never meant to get this far
    'Cause we were never meant to get this far

    Hold me at the speed of sound, oh
    You move me at the speed of sound
    How'd we ever get so lucky?

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  3. SUNRISE BOULEVARD

    Dark nights, broken on your champagne
    When we were young, so beautiful in our ways
    Headlights chase me to the freeway
    Until the night will drown our sorrows into the rain (eh-eh, eh-eh, eh-eh, hey)

    So wake me up slowly
    Shadows form against the stars (ah- ah- ahrs)
    Sunrise on the boulevard
    We're standing room only
    Keep forgetting who we are (ah- ah- are)
    Sunrise on the boulevard

    Heavenless, they sent me to the doorway
    They told me, "You will find yourself, you go your own way"
    And then I was young and I was thinking to myself, oh no
    What do you want from me, for all I seem to give
    Don't leave me here alone

    So wake me up slowly
    Shadows form against the stars (ah- ah- ahrs)
    Sunrise on the boulevard
    We're standing room only
    We remember who we are (ah- ah- are)
    Sunrise on the boulevard
    So wake me up slowly
    Shadows form against the stars (ah- ah- ahrs)
    Sunrise on the boulevard
    We're standing room only
    They'll remember who we are (ah- ah- are)

    Sunrise on the boulevard
    Sunrise on the boulevard
    Sunrise on the boulevard
    We're standing room only
    They'll remember who we are (ah- ah- are)
    Sunrise on the boulevard

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  4. JUST BECAUSE

    Girls and boys, we're just running wild
    Guess if we're going down, then let's go out in style
    Just enough, 'cause we know how it was
    We can say we were there and do it just because

    Girls take boys, hiding by the firelight
    Take me down to the places we can fly by night
    Just until we've been here for a while
    Guess if we're going down, then let's go out in style

    Just because
    Just because
    Just because
    Just because
    Just because

    Girls take boys, hiding by the firelight
    Take me down to the places we can fly by night
    Just until we've been here for a while
    Guess if we're going down, then let's go out in style

    Just because
    Just because
    Just because
    Just because
    Just because

    Just because (we thought it would last forever)
    Just because (you know how it ends)
    Just because (we thought we could live forever)
    Just because (you and I should know)
    Just because (you and I should know)

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  5. AFTER THE RAIN

    Thought I was strong as I ever was
    This hurt's no open letter
    But the night is dark and mysterious
    Turns out you knew me better (oh)

    After the rain
    When the fallout hit and you looked the other way
    After the rain
    When it washed away all the hurt that still remained
    After the rain

    Moments come just as moments go
    Some things never leave you alone
    But would you let it pass you by
    'Cause we'll never be the same
    After the rains opened our eyes

    After the rain
    When the fallout hit and you looked the other way
    After the rain
    When it washed away all the hurt that still remained
    After the rain
    For the truth you left with a bitter after-taste
    After the rain
    And the world you shook now will never be the same
    After the rain

    After the rain
    After the rain
    After the rain
    After the rain

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  6. ORBIT

    Pull me closer we'll make it through
    Light the stars in the darkest blue
    Out for choices we can't anew
    I come apart, just a freak for you

    You know how this ends
    Why don't you let me launch into orbit?
    Pick our paths again
    Take all the time we need to now

    'Cause I can't leave you here
    You're not yourself

    Pull me closer we'll make it through
    Light the stars in the darkest blue
    Out for choices we can't anew
    I come apart, just a freak for you

    Hold your heart up I'll make it new
    Light the stars in the darkest blue
    Out for choices we can't anew
    I come apart, just a freak for you

    We're beyond the wall
    Why can't we tether ourselves together?
    'Fore we lose it all
    Until we go to draw the line

    And the sirens, and all the noise
    Begin to fade into the grey
    And I'm here floating in this gravitational pull
    That I can't shake
    To orbit

    Why don't you let me launch in?
    Won't you let me launch into orbit?
    Why don't you let me launch in?
    Won't you let me launch into orbit?

    Pull me closer we'll make it through
    Light the stars in the darkest blue
    Out for choices we can't anew
    I come apart, just a freak for you

    Why don't you let me launch in?
    Won't you let me launch into orbit?
    Why don't you let me launch in?
    Won't you let me launch into orbit?
    Why don't you let me launch in?
    Won't you let me launch into orbit?
    Why don't you let me launch in?
    Won't you let me launch into orbit?

    I come apart, just a freak for you

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  7. MORPH

    First to see it
    You know, you know, who you are
    Every night
    Every night he gets the call

    We can be restless here together
    And all the time
    The music starts to take me
    We're moving less
    We can be helpless here together
    And just for now
    The music starts to take me
    Until we are

    First impressions last
    Just sit back and be yourself
    Just relax and be yourself
    'Cause soon enough

    We can be restless here together
    And all the time
    The music starts to take me
    We're moving less
    We can be helpless here together
    And just for now
    The music starts to take me
    Until we are

    First impressions last
    Just sit back and be yourself
    Just relax and be yourself
    'Cause soon enough

    We can be restless here together
    And all the time
    The music starts to take me
    We're moving less
    We can be helpless here together
    And just for now
    The music starts to take me
    Until we are

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  8. STARS COME TO AN END

    City lights fade out to the edge
    Underneath this darkened romance
    I'm wonderin' where the stars come to and end
    There's noone here and I'm so insignificant

    But if there's no way of knowin'
    I won't waste another day to question why
    As we stare into each other
    Carry me beyond this galaxy and time

    Sure enough the pretense starts to fade
    Your defences weaken and dissolve
    And I can see into the darkness of you
    And you and I will become weightless

    And if there's some way of showin'
    I would live to turn your head towards my side
    As we lean into each other
    Carry me beyond this galaxy and time

    And if there's no way of knowin'
    I won't waste another day to question why
    As we breathe into each other
    Carry me beyond this galaxy and time

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  9. CLOSE ENOUGH TO BREATHE

    Now I'm in myself freely
    Taping off, we're going under
    To that [*] feeling
    Commit yourself and I'll surrender



    [* can't make out words of the A min scale going up]

    Now we're closing in
    Close enough to breathe
    My first officer
    Please don't look(?), let them take me


    (now, now we're closing in) (x3)

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  10. TANGY

    Somethin' in the way the dust would fall
    Standing with our backs against the wall
    Move forwards, move back, against it all
    Tellin' me how fast the world could spin
    Take another moment, take it in
    Move forwards, move back

    I feel it in the atmospherics here
    Not ready for the change that's coming
    Not giving in, not giving up
    Not ready for the change that's coming here
    Not ready for it all to disappear
    I'm not giving in, I'm not giving up

    Falling hard but we can't touch the ground
    Only without gravity around
    Move forwards, move back

    I feel it in the atmospherics here
    Not ready for the change that's coming
    Not giving in, not giving up
    Not ready for the change that's coming here
    Not ready for it all to disappear
    I'm not giving in, I'm not giving up

    Lay your weapons down, have faith in me
    We can live beyond these fears
    I will keep you safe as safe can be
    We all turn to dust eventually

    I feel it in the atmospherics here
    I'm ready for the change that's coming
    Not giving in, not giving up
    I'm ready for the change that's coming here
    I'm ready for it all to disappear
    I'm not giving in, I'm not giving up

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  11. THE FUTURE

    The world sits quiet like an empty dream
    Correction, floating like a magazine
    Perfected only for a soul to see ourselves
    As earth keeps spinning round

    I thought that we made friends with time
    That we could slow the moments in our minds
    But then that day came when it came
    To find our peace of mind

    If the future's not enough
    Break your bread and then lift your cup
    Take your moment when it comes
    Fill your glass and then drink it up

    If you could slow your heart to still believe
    The sound of inevitability
    The tide that's dragging us out to sea
    As we, on earth keep spinning round

    And this is not the world that we foresaw
    We'll keep our hope alive until it seems
    That hope said whatever will be, will be new
    Nothing comes for free

    If the future's not enough
    Break your bread and then lift your cup
    Take your moment when it comes
    Fill your glass and then drink it up

    The future is coming
    And it won't wait just for you
    The future is coming
    And we won't look back
    If you can't follow through

    So don't be dragged
    Away yourself
    Of all these petty feels
    When I am gone, remember me
    As I fade through the years

    So don't be dragged
    Away yourself
    Of all these petty feels
    When I am gone, remember me
    As I fade through the years

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  12. NIGHTSKY

    I was in the dark runnin' back to you (uh huh)
    This was a surprise, now you tell me not to go
    When now I wait my turn until the walls you're in will start to fall
    'Cause I'm a real short story
    And the truth is now I'm backed against the wall

    I was on the outside, I was far from home
    Nothing left to keep me quiet as you go
    Until the very last moment when I thought that we had found our way (uh huh)
    Well that's the price I'll pay which you took from me hiding in the dark

    Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye to the nightsky
    Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye to the night

    I was on the outside backed against the wall
    Told me that you'd shoot straight not let me take the fall
    And said you'd be there waiting when the world left me no one else to call
    But I'm a real short story and the truth is I won't let you take it all (take it all)

    Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye to the nightsky
    Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye to the night

    Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye goodbye to the nightsky
    Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye goodbye to the night

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  13. LET IT GO BY

    If you're not brave enough to call
    If you can't find the words to say, I'm broken
    If you can't stand to face the fall
    Lay your shaking head, your wounds wide open
    I won't desert you, we can pass the time
    Count the seconds
    Let it go by, let it go by, let it go by...

    Let it go by
    Let it go by
    Let it go by
    Let it go by
    Let it go by
    Let it go by
    Let it go by

    Let it go by
    Let it go by
    Let it go by
    Let it go by
    Let it go by
    Let it go by
    Let it go, 'til we reach the other side

    And when it's heavy on your chest
    If you can't find the words to say, I'm sorry
    I will wait the time it takes, 'til hurt starts to fade

    Let it go by
    Let it go by
    Let it go by
    Let it go by
    Let it go by
    Let it go by
    Let it go by

    Let it go by
    Let it go by
    Let it go by
    Let it go by
    Let it go by
    Let it go by
    Let it go, 'til we reach the other side

    'Til we reach the other side

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