Its been a little more than a week since I released my first EP / mini album entitled Diamond destruction. I want to use this opportunity to write some about the songs.
First of all its a collection that includes many different themes, commenting both worldwide events as well as my personal life. For the first time I have also written a true love song, which you can hear in the last track of the album, The Key. I’m very pleased with this one, I feel like I managed to incorporate many different elements that harmonizes well together. Recording the vocals, I must admit, was a challenge, my vocal range is an altos rather than a soprano. But I do feel that no matter what you have to challenge yourself.
The album starts with a song called Lunar Love. I have always been fascinated with the moon, and I am not alone, there are many mysteries and beliefs surrounding it and I tried to mix my own feelings about its beauty with tales I’ve red from others. Musically I do like the organ the best, its an instrument which suits the spirit of the moon, I believe. This was also a huge challenge to sing, but I’m pleased with the outcome.
The Devil on my shoulder is without a doubt the most personal track on this album. As I’ve mentioned before, I suffer from anxiety and depression, and here I try to explain what it can feel like when its most severe. I do believe most people have been in situations where they feel like there’s no way out, and The Devil on my shoulder is a song about that specific moment. Its not about life in general, there’s always a way out, and things will always get better. I hope that this song can give others an outlet for their sorrow and pain and give them strength in knowing that they are not alone.
On an opposite note there is Here be dragons. Now, the title might seem a bit strange, but its merely the nerd in me that is shining through. Here be dragons is an old expression about the places that are outside the map. If you look at old European maps you can often see strange creatures and beasts in the outskirts of it, because that’s what people though might exist in unknown lands. The word ‘unknown’ is key here, because people are often afraid of that they don’t know and understand. This is the reason people who look or act different are often alienized and frowned upon. This is what the song is about, how people who are different in any way might be treated brutally. In the end though we’ll always have each other, and things often change for the better. I hope you can feel hope when listening to this track!
Lastly there is Diamonds. I’ve saved this one for last because in many ways its the most special one for me. Not only did SaSa and AREKU do a wonderful cover of it, but its a song I’ve worked on for quite some time now. I also think this is the strongest vocal performance on my part. Overall I’m just very proud of it.
Have you had a chance to hear it yet? If not, listen it here.
Lastly, I want to thank all of you who have listened and supported Diamond destruction thus far. You are the best!