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You always complain I wanna stay on top,
looking back, I might have stayed a while
too long…

It’s the pause between “stayed a while” and “too long” that turns this track into a beautifully written and smartly delivered insight to the agony of loving a broken person. We’ve explored this topic before with Radiohead’s Black Star, we know that the person going through depression, anxiety, addiction etc have huge problems but we often forget the impact and the grief that is generated on the people who love them.

It’s ridiculously hard - what do you do when your love is falling - when there’s nothing you can do to help them - to change them. Even though the guilt of leaving someone when they’re weak can be overwhelming , ultimately it is about self survival - do you live to love another day or do you go down with the ship?

This is what the band had to say about the track:

The song is about being close to someone with mental or personal issues, and the many thoughts that pop up in your head when you have to figure out how to handle it. Should you stay and try to fix it, with the risk of hurting yourself, or should you protect yourself and potentially hurt the one you love?

The sound of the song is moody and melodic, and it’s a perfect fit for those of your listeners enjoying dark lyrics wrapped in great harmonies.
— Mads Færch - Video Compact

I really enjoyed how the song took its time to grow and develop - the soft opening with the chorused vocals just sets up the mood and then you’ve got this chilled - almost 80’s - vibe with picking guitar and punchy synth licks - it almost shouldn’t work - but it does ;-) By midway through the song there’s a deep underlying groove - the lyrics are resonating hard and for people who’ve been in the space - it’s gonna feel weirdly good.

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About the Curator - Andrew McCluskey

The first visual memory I have is that of the white upright piano in Singapore, Hell and the dark forces lived at the bottom, Heaven and the Angels at the top. They would play battles through my fingers and I was hooked.

After my dad died I was very sad - I couldn't play for a while and when I did, the music that came out reflected my grieving state.  I wrote an album of solo piano music called Music to Grieve to - from which the idea of the Music to community originated.  

If you'd like to know more you should read Nicole's fabulous article on why listening to sad music can make you feel better.