Have you ever experienced a moment where your emotions were so compelling and so overwhelming that it made it difficult to find the words to describe what you were feeling? Did you then later shuffle a random playlist on whatever music streaming site that you use and found a song that perfectly depicted the exact thing that you were trying to express? Well, let’s just say that New York-based singer and songwriter Scott Chasolen can not only relate to you but his music will also certainly answer all of those indescribable moments, especially with his latest single, “Northern Lights”.
Focusing the track on a moment of reflection from an ending relationship, Scott Chasolen channels significant emotionality in the form of sorrow, passion, and hopefulness through his accented acoustic guitar riffs and harmonious vocals. With the first few lyrics of the track introducing our previously mentioned moments, Scott Chasolen sings “Sometimes words just aren’t enough // to share the things that mean so much” while quiet piano keys support the acoustic guitar chords. Having written and recorded “Northern Lights” with lingering feelings of heartache and regret, we can feel that Scott Chasolen uses music as means of expression for his own moments of not finding the right words to say as his relationship disembles.
In a recent interview for Nashville Music Guide with music journalist Eileen Shapiro, Scott Chasolen says that music is his best friend, never letting him down, and that “when words fail, music speaks” in substitution.
And for “Northern Lights”, the track most definitely speaks volumes – literally and figuratively. As you near the bridge of the song, the progression of the song grows with increased acoustic guitar strumming, melodic vocals, emphatic jazzy synth tunes, and even background maracas beats. The strength of the music production comes with the transition of emotion for “Northern Lights” as Scott Chasolen stops looking backwards in the past and begins to look up to the sky at the northern lights with a positive eye – one that’s hopeful that everything will work out in the end for himself and the woman. Definitely a hopeless romantic perspective to have on an ending relationship, but who isn’t one nowadays?
With the blending of folk, rock, and jazz genres, Scott Chasolen channels a little bit of Hozier in his upcoming album, Living in Limbo, which is to be released some time in early 2019. Living in Limbo is supposedly sticking to the honesty and charisma that is “Northern Lights” as Scott Chasolen takes us on a heartbreaking journey through the loss of love for the entirety of the album. So if you’re currently going through some difficult romantic experiences right now and can’t find the words to express them, look out for this record in the new year. You won’t be disappointed!
Also keep your eyes peeled for the next single off of Living in Limbo, which should be dropping soon!
The official website for Scott Chasolen may be found at http://www.ScottChasolen.com
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