There are many approaches when it comes to songwriting.
Some like to dive into their bedroom studio and start messing with sounds, others like to go for a long walk and contemplate meaningful lyrics. There are also those who sit down at a piano and channel whatever songwriting gods are around that day.
Then you have the intellectuals. The educated musician who sees music as a mathematical problem that can be solved (in addition to all the feelsy stuff – we see you educated musicians.) Today’s featured band Silent Neighbor strikes us as the latter – intentional, well-considered and deliberate in their musical decisions as evident in their latest single “You Surround Me”.
The Swiss band is the product of singer-songwriter Philipp Saner. It’s current line-up is quite an interesting one for a pop-act like this – Jachim Flüer on the cello, Philipp Hillebrand on the clarinet and Maxime Paratte on drums/electronics.
Silent Neighbor seems to be describing a type of love in a modern, fast-paced world where the lovers in question are not finding a lot of time to be together. However, instead of complaining about this, the singer talks about gratitude and how the “you-person” is always surrounding him. *cue “awww”*
Well, make sure to surround yourself with this song, Tonemillers!
Best listened to when: When the world opens back up and you’re on your 20th commute of the day, remember the one thing lockdown gave us – time to appreciate our loved ones.
Listen for: 0:40, that pre chorus is just full of tastiness – the harmonics, the melody, the cello and clarinet together…
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