Find Your Way
Open my eyes for the first time,
I missed the part of you that makes this hurt,
Take all the sound out of your voice,
I missed the part of you that make this worse...
Trying to tell you that I had to leave,
But you weren't listening, you couldn't see,
That tearing me down to everyone kept wearing me out,
We'd have to change that you never could see,
But instead you created a world that you wanna see,
Keeps you around to pretend to a friend,
What we use to be...
So find your way to the soul,
Find your way to be free,
And when your holding on to the feeling,
Yeah you'll find your way, find it away from me...
Open inside for the last time,
I took the part of me that you could hurt,
Take all the noise out of your choice,
I took the part of me that makes this worse...
Find your way, find it away from me...
Track is part of Andain's debut album "You Once Told Me" released on September, 2012.
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When the demands of their individual careers proved too great, it seemed to spell a premature finale for one of dance music’s most gifted acts. But through "You Once Told Me" fate has intervened. Songstress Mavie Marcos and production wunderkind Josh Gabriel from Gabriel & Dresden are finally set to deliver their first full-length track collection.
Opening the album’s account is their most recent single. Resonating with deep, spacious bass, "Turn Up The Sound" brings a refined Indian-inspired percussive instrumentation that backs Mavie’s loud-and-clear call to action. Setting a more chilled, Café del Mar style tone, "Like" has an aching, lyrical fragility that’s picked out, to beautiful effect, by Gabriel’s slow motion beats and enrapturing string sections.
If "Like" is the album’s Café del Mar moment, then "Forget Your Face" is its Café de Noir. Josh marries a filtered, panned omnipresent ticking clock with sharply programmed, snapping break-beats to create a darker, swirling miasma-ish atmosphere. Perfectly showcasing Mavie’s intoxicating, indie-edged vocal haunt, it gives another diverse hue to the album.
Explaining Andain’s unique production dynamic, Mavie says: “We blended natural acoustic sounds throughout the album with electronic percussive ones. We made sure to keep our musical sound pallet made up of our drum kits and analogue synth sounds, consistent throughout. We thought this would result in the most intricate album for the listener - something that is meant to be listened to, in its entirety, as a cohesive piece of music - not just a string of singles.” The combination of Mavie’s classical and rock background with Josh’s never ending love of early 80’s new wave means they balance each other beautifully. “I'm usually the one pulling for the strings, bells, twinkles and melodic sounds, while Josh is great at creating the darker melancholic textures, the synths and distorted sounds to bite you and feel gritty. Beautiful music needs both of these”, she states.
Emphasizing that to a tee is the vibrant, cultured drum ‘n’ bass beats of "Much Too Much", which briefly provides the album with a film score feel, whilst on "Ave Maria", Mavie’s meditative, almost story-tell lyrics cast the net further still.
With its imaginative chiming musical box sub-melodies and sporadic punchy beats, "Promises" -the single that heralded their re-emergence- is just as compelling now as it was a year ago. "After" meanwhile brings more poignantly themed lyrics, while "What It’s Like" introduces low-fi rocky guitar notes and shakes in some idiophonic percussion lines.
"Find Your Way" invokes more seaside atmosphere and sunset imagery, while the album’s title track summons anthemic sing/shout-it-out lyrics, leant additional dynamism by the exacting programming of Josh’s beats. Closing out the album, "Taken Away" gives "You Once Told Me" a lamenting, searing complexion; a quiet, compelling final storm that provides its perfect deal-sealing climax.
Crafted for a different type of floor, its 11 tracks are filled with translucent melodies, unhurried beats, leading edge FX wizardry, all matched to Mavie's intriguing, elliptical song writing. Long-promised, now delivered "You Once Told Me" is the Andain album fans old and new have been waiting for.
01. Andain - Turn Up The Sound
02. Andain - Like
03. Andain - Much Too Much
04. Andain - Ave Maria
05. Andain - Promises
06. Andain - After
07. Andain - What It's Like
08. Andain - Forget Your Face
09. Andain - Find Your Way
10. Andain - You Once Told Me
11. Andain - Taken Away