Every Hero needs to take time out to rest and recuperate: how can you make that miraculous comeback if you never went away in the first place?
When I picture the kind of place I'd escape to, it's very much your typical exotic retreat; an island, rich and lush, full of nature and all that nice stuff (zero tolerance policy on snakes though), somewhere fresh and relaxing to bring those all-important wellbeing levels back up.
Fire Away really captures this vibe beautifully. Most obviously, the lyrics are all about escapism, but that isn't what makes this track so... escapey. We've got this really crunchy percussion top line that sounds like an excursion into the jungle undergrowth, sine synths that emulate soft droplets of water on tropical leaves, and pads as light as clouds in the dense canopy above. Show me another song that paints a sonic picture this clearly.
This is the kind of track you stick on loop while you immerse yourself in you work, because at 5:41, it's just not long enough. My only gripe is that I'd like an instrumental version since lyrics tend to engage the analytical gremlins in our mind swamp, which isn't necessarily what we're after when we throw on a track to get lost in, but it's a small price to pay for audio magic. My favourite thing about this track is it comes at the end of an onslaught of dubstep mayhem (which isn't really my cup of tea. Since you ask, that would be a strong cup of Yorkshire tea, milky but no sugar. I'm sweet enough), and shows off Sonny's versatility as a producer. Although that's really no secret.
This week I invite you to fuck whatever place you call home at the moment and instead Fire Away to somewhere more wholesome. Maybe your bank balance won't let your body join in on the journey (mine certainly won't), but that doesn't mean your mind can't take the trip!
Have a great week team x
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About the curator - Matt Jenko
Matt Jenko is a university postgraduate and music producer with an unhealthy obsession with Rick & Morty and all things Game of Thrones. When he’s not in the studio (a rare occurrence these days), he’s fueling his passion for music either on the net or out in the real world. He likes being out in the nature (in the least strenuous capacity though, let’s be real here) and chilling with his cat, and he’s also pretty proud of his mammoth collection of books that he’s never read.