20* Explosions

I can’t get rid of british!!

 

It must be because they are born being good musicians due to their artistic predecessors. May be arts are more promoted in that huge country than in any other place. Or perhaps they share with me this weird feauture that makes me feel ‘inspired’ in rainy days and since they have so many days with rain…

Either way, today someone recommend me to listen to “Explosions” of a girl from United Kingdom, Ellie Goulding.

Before, the only song I linked to her when hearing her name was “Burn” which I stoped liking when it was played way too much in the radio. So I formed a prejudice against her since that song and I didn’t really pay much attention to her music after it.

 

BUT today’s song is from her second album that was re edited in 2013 adding 10 songs (between them “Burn”, bah) called “Halcyon Days”

which is precisely appropiate to the meaning of this song that I found…

Inspiring.

By the music itself: for being so versatile (definitely not the pop tune I expected) a pleasent surprise starting with angelical vocalizations and then that style of singing beautifully without effort, along with the background orchesta and suddenly the violins and the piano ❤

And by the depth of the lyrics: if you analyze are not exclusively about a messed up relationship but about a global situation where someone makes you feel dumb and useless although truly you’re not the only one who is suffering but the ohers too that perhaps hurt you as a consequence of their own hurting and hiding to avoid facing their problems. And it also says how hard it is to move on and to believe in ourselves again when we’ve lost all faith in who we are owing to other’s attitudes… But rarely, as it happens in reality, at the end you’ll be better because you’ll learn from your falls and it will be hard to blame the other for your scars when both sides of the relationship will hopefully mature and turn into a better person at some point.

~All together makes me feel nostalgic but at the same time strong and calm…

 

Finally from the official music video the first thing I liked was its simplicity, making it black and white is the simplest way to resemble memories and introducing you with a scene on a train watching the landscape go by as background at the window means a direct ticket to the past which immediately includes you in the song.

 

The second thing I appreciated was Ellie’s display, how they show her in different situations where even her clothes communicate a flexible personality, appearing more real and vulnerable as anyone else, so even being on stage she seems common.

 

The third thing I loved was the timing of the video with the music, especially at the first chorus when after screaming “explosions” we have a view of the city seen while going across a bridge, again movement that makes you feel that you’re leaving behind a load and simply moving on,

…And the energic lyrics

You trembled like you’d seen a ghost
And I gave in
I lack the things you need the most, you said “where have you been?”
You wasted all that sweetness to run and hide
I wonder why
I remind you of the days you poured your heart into
But you never tried
I’ve fallen from grace
Took a blow to my face
I’ve loved and I’ve lost

Explosions…on the day you wake up
Needing somebody and you’ve learned
It’s okay to be afraid
But it will never be the same…

You left my soul bleeding in the dark
So you could be king
The rules you set are still untold to me and I lost my faith in everything
The nights you could cope, your intentions were gold
But the mountains will shake
I need to know I can still make

(…)

And as the floods move in
And your body starts to sink
I was the last thing on your mind
I know you better than you think
‘Cause it’s simple darling, I gave you a warning
Now everything you own is falling from the sky in pieces
So watch them fall with you, in slow motion
I pray that you will find peace of mind
And I’ll find you another time
I’ll love you, another time

(…)

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