"It is wonderful to be able experience art without understanding how it was meant or what makes it good." (Kim Boekbinder said that during an interview I did with her) I might not have the biggest knowledge about music but I have a great passion for it. Passion is what counts.
I live in Berlin, Germany (born, raised and still resident) and this is my personal blog about music and other things that cross my way. Things I love to be exact. And even though I am German and my English is still not perfect, this blog is in English.
How I can celebrate 10.000+ followers (thank you!) better than writing a review about the new album of the band that made me start writing about music? I can’t think about a better way, so here comes a few thoughts about the second album from The Candle Thieves. It’s called “Balloons” and produced and mixed by Andy Hawkins. The album is going to be released soon (this time in Germany, Austria and Switzerland by Stargazer Records as well!) but as I am one of those pledge people I already have it here. “Ballons” is the second album of this 2-piece band from Peterborough, UK. The two brains behind this band are Scott McEwan and The Glock. They make Pop music - in the best possible way, not the plastic kind of music. The lyrics are always touching, sometimes utterly sad hidden behind a happy façade, sometimes completely sad and sometimes uplifting and a reminder of what is important, of love and always heartfelt. “A guilty pleasure for deep thinkers” is still a valid and quite possible one of the best descriptions for these two.
I have listened to this album back and forth, up and down, and as just love it as much as their first album “Sunshine And Other Misfortunes”. There was a time when I was a bit worried that it is impossible to write another album that is as touching as the first one and which is equally inspirational. It’s so good to know I was wrong to worry about that. “Balloons” goes straight for your heart.
My first favourite song was “The Weatherman” - the melody and everything. I think it’s about the downs of a relationship and that the stormiest times can go away again…hopefully. Well, and it just happens, like the weather, and not always there is someone to blame.
"The Rock & The Bug" makes me very sad in a way - it leaves me with such a helpless feeling. On the first listen, it wasn’t like that. It took me a few listens to get the lyrics - it’s good to have the protection, like a bug hiding under a rock, but at the same time, you just can’t move. You are limited in what you do. I know Scott is quite active when it comes to animal rights and has also released a compilation for this reason (called "Animals"). I guess the song is a testament to that feeling when you’re limited in your actions while wanting to change the whole world. To me the song captures this helpless felling so very good. I think "Light And Smoke" comes from the same source of inspiration. I think it’s a song written from the view of an animal, saved unlike his rescuer (not completely sure about it).
I also love “The Way The World Spins”. It seems like a homage to one of their big influences Mark Oliver Everett/The Eels. For me it seems like it because of the singing birds, the melody and even in the way the song is written and what it is about. But it is not just simple copy, it’s more taking what Everett does into the world of the Candle Thieves. And yes, it’s just exactly the way they say it: "You need love, when you wake yourself from a bad dream…" Kind of cheesy but true. I have thought that after waking up from nightmares in the middle of the night when being on my own.
"Balloons #3" is very serious… as well… there are 3 parts that form the song and there are three Balloon songs. "Balloon #1" is the first song of the album (without any words), ""Balloon #2" is on the "Happiness Blues EP" (2010) and is sort of about wanting to be different and the last part is about a few topics but basically about equality, about not being bullied at school for being different and about the hate against people of a different nationality but being born in "your" country. It’s very true and that is what makes the song so very sad.
On a more uplifting side (melody wise) is “Flowers For Peggy” and “We Won’t Ever Be Rich (But We Could Be Happy)”. The latter one seems like a part 2 of “We’re all Gonna Die (Have Fun)” and an outlook to what follows on the album (an allusion to “Ten Ton Digger” - that made me smile). It’s song number 3 from 11 - I am not following the order of the songs on the album.
It amazes and scares me every time how good The Candle Thieves are in writing down what is going on in my head and heart. It’s like I am an open book which they just happen to read and then wrote it down for everyone else to read (like in “Earthquakes” - another song, the thoughts in it and I like the “Australian” start). I mean there are of course parts or lines I can’t relate to but the in general it’s that way. That was exactly what made me fall on love with their first album and now it is still like that. However, I think they grew as well. In their music and the topics they write about. It seems they are more looking for what is happening around them this time. Basically I just wanted to say in a lot of words that I love this album!
If you want to see them live (and you want it, trust me), they are on tour with Darren Hayes in September:
21., The Sage, Newcastle
22., ABC, Glasgow
24., Indigo, o2 London
25., Symphony Hall, Birmingham
27., Vicar St, Dublin
28., Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
29., The Dome, Brighton
Thanks for reading,
P.S. I am still amazed that 10.000+ people are following me! Thank you for following me and thank you, tumblr, so much!