After releasing his acclaimed album “Norwegian Pop” earlier this year, LearningToDive is back with a much more introspective song. Bravo Bonez, the one behind the LearningToDive project, wrote the song for the 80’s pop and post-punk inspired album, but realized that it was unique enough to merit its own moment as a standalone single. The song’s atmospheric yet sparse sound, mixing genres like country and sophisti-pop, makes the song as gorgeous and meaningful as it is.
The song itself is a reflection on being united with family. Bonez’s longing performance, along with Alba Rose’s otherworldly backing vocals, help to underscore the song’s message of wanting to return to a life left behind. The song’s video provides an interesting lens into this – it was filmed in Ocean Sound Recording Studio, the Norwegian studio where the album was recorded, far away from his loved ones. The song has elements of melancholy, but it provides a sense of hope.
About the song, Bonez said that “‘You Said It Best’ is an uplifting, heartwarming message incorporating themes of self-acceptance, forgiveness and gratitude, and is about coming back to one’s roots and working out what really matters.”
Hailing from Strabane in County Tyrone, Paul Tully currently resides in Dublin. Known around the circuit as one of Ireland’s best kept secrets, there’s nothing hush about Paul’s heartfelt single ‘Anxiety’.
An ode to a condition that affects millions across the world, the poignant track couldn’t have come at a better time.
During the darkest times of UK lockdown, anxiety levels are at the highest they’ve been in a long time. Hoping that it’ll give people confidence to speak up about their mental health, the single states that you are never alone, and reaching out for help may be hard but it’ll be the best thing you’ll ever do.
“I’m hoping the song could bring a sense of comfort to those suffering from anxiety and let them know they aren’t alone. When I wrote the song in June of this year, we were in the middle of lockdown and there was a real uncertainty regarding our health and well-being of not only ourselves but those closest to us. On top of that we have ever-increasing living costs, the never-ending Brexit and a complete lack of job security – people really are at their wits end. The song basically describes my experience with anxiety and I hope it can help anyone listening and know that they aren’t alone.”
‘Anxiety’ resides in a warm Americana arrangement that subtly nudges country-pop. An upbeat track that’s filled with optimism, the guitar-driven track may feature a tear-jerking message, but it’s lively sound is bathed with hope.
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