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Paul Barrere & Roger Cole
Lost In The Sound

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As is often the way with music from songwriters Paul Barrere and Roger Cole, Lost In The Sound opens up with a beautifully crisp and hypnotic dual guitar part that paves the way for a highly creative and striking soundscape of imagery and depth. As the beat and the vocal hit, the energy lifts, and the poetic core of the song begins to present itself.

This particular track is structurally unique in that the opening verse is kept to a minimal length, and the harmonised hook section steps in fairly quickly, which is brilliant; extremely effective songwriting, and instantly intriguing – even if first heard just quietly in the background.

The whole track is consistently changing. The melodies evolve progressively, so there’s never a moment at which your attention is not held by the sound and the emerging story. Lyrically, the poetry is as sublime as ever, the meaning behind the words holds great value, and the various levels, as it were, that come together to make the song, each bring something unexpected, gradually increasing in intensity, always keeping things interesting.

The value of the song right now is perhaps much greater than it would have been in the past. Humanity’s abuse of Mother Nature has far surpassed the tolerable levels, and the danger of this is something that’s likely to come back to us times a thousand – and in fact already is. Mother Nature no longer shows mercy. The quick succession of events and the potential break down of the world’s crucial systems is reflected in the quickness of the song, in the swift slide from verse to hook to instrumental break to bridge, in the manic and occasionally quite haunting sound of that final melody, and indeed in the words that are used and repeated so as to stay with you long after listening.

Can you, Can you hear me now..

The guitar solo flies in at a fairly early stage, with beautiful relevancy and power. The melodies lift up, fall away, as does the beat, and then the final section builds and builds on it’s own tribal-like style of rhythmic vocal harmonies until the ultimate fade out. And despite there being so much happening in such a short space of time, the experience does indeed appear to end quite abruptly; as may life, the story as we know it, the current state of the world. The effect of this within the music is an almost certain replay, re-listen, perhaps louder, and once more after that to let it all sink in. Just about the best way to make sure the point is put forth and taken note of, the conversation is started and kept alive. It’s another incredibly strong display of songwriting and musicianship from a skillful and passionate team of creatives.

You can’t escape the shaking ground, caused by endless cold neglect, we should have shown her more respect.

Click through to check out our write-ups for Political Freak Show and Grain Of SandFind and follow Paul Barrere and Roger Cole via Better Daze Music over on Facebook and Twitter. Visit their Website for more music and info.

Rebecca CullenMusician & writer with an MA in Songwriting.


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