Artist: Merz and Julian Satorius
Song: The Hunting Owl
Album: No Compass Will Find Home (Julian Satorius Drum & Vocal Renditions)
"It's a pretty heavy story, but I wrote this song after watching my brother-in-law barely survive a week in a coma," Conrad Lambert tells Rolling Stone. "During this whole week, his life was hanging by a thread. He's a youngish guy and this experience gave me a perspective on the arbitrary nature of death. Death, like an owl that swoops down and snatches away the tiny shrew. Death is such a massive presence in our lives and yet we somehow manage to ignore it for most of the time. Until it comes and snatches someone close to us away."
Artist: Bing Ji Ling
Song: Every1's a Winner
Album: Por Cada Nube
"When given the opportunity to raid the RAK vaults for tracks to cover, Hot Chocolate's material was our first port of call," Quinn Luke tells Rolling Stone. 'Every1's a Winner' has always been one of my favorites by them, with incredible synthy-guitar textures. Trying to capture those sounds was made easier virture of the fact that we were able to record in the same exact studios at RAK where the original was done, using the same gear, right down to the actual pedal used - The Synthi Hi-FLI!"
Artist: Clara Moto
Song: Hedonic Treadmill
Album: Blue Distance
"'Hedonic Treadmill' describes the tendancy of people to adapt to good events - or bad - and then return to the same level of happiness," Clara Moto tells Rolling Stone. "In other words, we don't gain more happiness with, example, more money, as our expectations rise proportionately. So better jump off as it is ultimately unsatisfying."
"'Drag Bones' speaks to the age-old truth that change is always coming, for better or for worse," Robert Brinkerhoff tells Rolling Stone. "As with a lot of our tunes, there's always an awareness of a potentially dismal situation, but we always err on the side of optimism."
Artist: Leif Vollebekk
Song: "When the Subway Comes Above the Ground"
Album: North Americana
"The song is about a lot of things - from driving by the place where Jeff Buckley drowned, to forgetting some wonderful, late-night conversations I once had," Leif Vollebekk tells Rolling Stone. "It was supposed to end with a fade-out, but the violin just kept playing and sounded so good, we let it go."
Artist: The Whistles and the Bells Song: Mercy Please Album: The Nashville Indie Spotlight
"I'd like it carved it on my gravestone. But I won't hold the chisel on that day so I scratched it out on a napkin one Monday morning," Bryan Simpson tells Rolling Stone. "Upon further review, I don't want everything I deserve. Thought I did but I don't. 'Mercy Please' is my request and my hope."
"'Speed Reader' is abou the paralyzing notion that with each decision you make, an infinity of alternate possibilities has been closed forever," Marley Carroll tells Rolling Stone. "When faced with this hard truth, one can either draw the blinds and shut the world out, or make the leap forward. Putting a pop spin on such a debilitating idea felt freeing."
Artist: Anoraak Song: "Guest Star (Club Edit)" Album: Chronotropic
"The original version of 'Guest Star' is on my new album, Chronotropic," Frederic Riviere tells Rolling Stone. "Like many of my songs, album versions have a clear dance floor feeling, and are definitely not built for a DJ to use. So I decided to make a club edit of 'Guest Star' to enhance the basic house groove of this track."
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