Monday, July 22, 2019

Carnival Kid's demons play in the poignant "What Keeps Us Going"

Carnival Kid (Germany) is the indie / alternative solo project of Christian Stezycki and What Keeps Us Going from his upcoming record "All The Easy Places" (A 6 track EP including Blackout At The Kindergarten and Magic Trick) is a mid-tempo poignant acoustic ballad. The chord progression has a tortured alt folk goth pop tone with nice staggered flourishes propelled by Stezycki's appropriately tortured vocal performance. While the lyrics are poetically drawn they are not vague and while one could describe the song as a love song, it feels to me, more like a song about obsession... (unhealthy or not). I love the line, "we all are searching for someone who's demons play well with our own" and I love the absolutely stunningly beautiful last third of this song, a tear inducing slowly ramping down diminuendo.

Often times I either see images in my head when I listen to music and I can't help but see scenes from the movie Under The Silver Lake that I saw recently. In it Andrew Garfield's character Sam is searching for his obsession, Sarah (played by Riley Keough) and, YES, there are many, many demons to contend with.

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Robb Donker

 


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