So, it’s been 3 days since NMHF has been released. You know what that means. 😉 It’s time for a proper dissection, no?
Although I was all gung-ho for the new album when it was first announced, I was quite disappointed to find that there were only 2 original songs on the album. Two of them are just not enough to satisfy my hunger. I was hoping for more original material this time around. But I suppose we should all be grateful that we have an album to look forward to. Since I’m sure most of the songs on the album have been previously heard, I’m going to lay my thoughts on the brand new tracks.
“Don’t make a sound, I’ll be your voice.”
The second I clicked ‘play’ on Don’t Run Away, I was instantly transported down memory lane. The piano intro brought me back to the time when we admired David’s piano playing by the lake in 2009 (Crush). I started fangirling so much that I had to pause the song to recollect my sanity. Call me obsessive but I actually envisioned the rhythmic drum beats in the background as David’s heartbeats. No judging please! Big props to our fellow Archie, Kylie Malchus for the creative and artistic music video for Don’t Run Away. If you have not watched it, then you need to get out from under that rock and check it out right here:
And if you like what you see, you can also check out Kylie’s take on Elevator below:
Next up is Heart Falls Out. Let me just start by confirming that all our hearts fell out when David started singing. Mine fell out and I’m still searching for it. So if you find mine, please notify me. As long as the song is playing, I find it hard to concentrate on anything else. It’s a breath of fresh air as this song is much more upbeat than melancholy lead single. I’d compare this track to the likes of Elevator. It’s just something about the whole “try to breathe but your lungs shut down” that vaguely resembles “I didn’t know which floor to get off on” from Elevator. David sounds rather upbeat singing about being helpless with a broken heart though.
What is most ironic about this song is the lyrical content. David has insert some wisdom of his in this song and it’s quite evident in certain lines. Personally, I think this should’ve been the lead single of the album instead of Don’t Run Away. I can picture people bobbing their heads up and down humming to tune whilst the song is played on the radio. What David speaks of, or rather sings of, in this particular song is a phase that everyone goes through at least once in their life. The phase where you just feel like you need a change of attitude as well as a change of perspective. Sometimes, life gets a little too dull that you just feel like dusting yourself off and splashing an array of colours to your world. And perhaps what David intended as the theme of the song is not, in fact, about dealing with broken hearts but rather about change and adaptation.
“It’s a battle in my head and I don’t want it.”
It’s this underlying message David has subtly embedded into this song that really warms my heart. It resonates with the reason I’ve come to love and appreciate this fine young artiste and I hold this song as a testament to our promises. I truly love to read in between the lines for every song of David’s because I get the impression that he is always trying to convey where his thoughts are.
Well played, David, well played. 😛
With all that said, which of the two originals ended up as your personal favourite? And if you were a director for a day, how would you film a music video for Heart Falls Out? Also as added fun, let’s try to caption this picture:
On a final note, if you have not bought the album yet, you can do it right now on iTunes or WowHD. I would recommend the latter as it provides free shipping to anywhere in the world.
“At times the feeling’s unknown, I’m sick of what I’ve become.”