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Waking Up To What You've Done

from The Surrender Of Time by Steve Lawson

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Waking Up To What You’ve Done

This one has two meanings - one macro, and one deeply personal. The emerging sense that your previously rationalised actions have caused a whole lot of pain for people who deeply care about is a horrible one, but one that we’ve got to avoid running away from. Waking up to what you’ve done is a vital, vital part of working out what to do to fix it, to restore and repair the damage done, and to letting go of your imagined right to defend your actions each time the other person brings it up. Waking up, then letting go.

The macro reflection was on the days and weeks following the vote to leave the EU. As the realisation dawned on people that they’ve quite possibly massively, epically fucked up in choosing to vote Leave, the parallels with the personal arguments of ‘I didn’t think it’d end up here, I thought it wouldn’t affect anything’ are clear. So again, the need to wake up is there, the need to deal with what you’ve done, where you are, and what the path is to restoration…

Musically, we’re a minute and a half into it before there’s any bass at all - the main body of the track is all played on the Quneo - more metallic samples, and a distorted Rhodes sound (the only keyboard sound on the whole record - all the other ‘synth’ sounds you hear are bass). Opening myself up to what these sounds bring to my music is a really interesting journey. It also leaves me free to play very different kinds of melody, and juxtapose different kinds of sound. Structure-wise this is a really simple tune, but the ebb and flow of the volume of the parts in the loop mean that they keep moving from the foreground to the background, shifting in relation to the melody over the top.


from The Surrender Of Time, released September 5, 2016




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