Today’s message is a simple one. Go to Laura DiStasi’s CDBaby page right now and buy her new EP. Now. Now. Now. I’ll wait while you do. Seriously – $4 or about €3 for one of the most affecting things you will ever, ever purchase

Okay. Now, you’re back, and you should have the EP downloading or downloaded. Or the CD en route, if you’re that way inclined. If not, seriously, go and buy the fucking EP.

Yes, I swore. And I did it for a reason – because the impact of a swear word unexpected is the same as the impact of Laura’s voice.

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6 years after “Winters Never Quit”, from which I featured “No City Life” here at the end of last year, Laura has returned with her self-titled EP, containing 4 of the most beautiful songs you’ll hear this year, next year, or any other year, being honest.

About “Winters Never Quit”, I had said “the rest of the album, while quite good, is a little too jazz-oriented for me”. I can’t level the same accusation at her EP: piano-led beauty, all underpinning one of the most evocative voices I’ve ever heard.

From the EP, I give you “Colors And Shapes” – not only a stunning song in it’s own right, but almost a companion piece to “No City Life”.

While “No City Life” is, to me, a…

…sad, sorrowful song of longing, of missing, of being an outcast, of not knowing your place in this world, of failing…

“Colors And Shapes”, to me, can be read in two ways – depending on my mood… Either not being able to leave what you know, allowing yourself to be distracted and making excuses to not take the step you could; or making a decision which leads you along one road, a road which you learn to love, until you forget the original reasons you took it – following a lover to a destination, and finding the destination (and falling for it) but losing the lover… And my apologies to Laura if I’m completely misreading her song.

From the description of the EP:

There is beauty and truth in our lightest and darkest moments – feeling the affects of city life, and the changing of seasons

Something supported by “No City Life”, and now “Colors And Shapes”.

EDIT: Laura just provided me with the correct lyrics – so close… So very close…

I am not your girl
If you are like this town
That doesn’t hold you close
Just keeping you around

With it’s flashing lights
All the colors and shapes
There’s so much here wanting
I keep forgetting why I came

To this town

I can move real fast
I can cover ground
The clank of subway tracks
A million shades of black and brown

We’re growing out of concrete
Out of tunnels to shade
Of something towering over
All the reasons that you came

To this town

I would move real fast
But I can’t put you down
As if my arms attached
To the side it fits around

I know the flashing lights
I know the colors and shapes
Of the things worth wanting
And the things that fade away
I know the flashing lights
I know the colors and sounds
Of the things worth wanting
There’s so much here wanting

There’s so much here wanting
I keep forgetting why I came

To this town

Laura DiStasi – Colors And Shapes

www: Laura’s official website, Facebook Page, and MySpace.

Some songs are just destined to find me. A few months back, a friend of mine sent me a song through Spotify – which I hadn’t logged into in months. There it sat, alone and sad, shivering in the cold, where it wondered why it wasn’t being listened to. Well, I assume that’s how the InterWebz works for songs.

Then, while away with work, I watched a film with a wonderful song in the background – jangly, happy, female and male vocals combining. Lyrics you could barely make out, but a tune which got your feet moving. Using SoundHound, I figured out it was “Young Bood” by The Naked And Famous, who, according to Wikipedia, are:

a New Zealand indie rock band from Auckland. Their single “Young Blood” debuted on the New Zealand chart at number one in 2010—the first New Zealand artist in three years to do so.

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However, due to my phone deciding to have a mid-life crisis, I had to reset everything, including losing the artist and song name. Usually, and much to the behest of everyone I know, I carry around a small notepad, and when I hear an artist, a song, or even some lyrics that capture my attention, I scrawl it down in my handwriting (which, on another note, hasn’t changed in the last 15 to 20 years of my life, since school. Anyway…), to be checked at a future date. This time, I hadn’t…

So I returned, and thanks to the jigs and reels of life, forgot all but the melody of the song and little else, and even that faded. And then. And then. I finally logged into Spotify, and found Niall had sent me “Young Blood” by The Naked And Famous, as he figured I’d like it.

Months and months ago.

Niall – good work out of you.

Jangly. Happy. Foot-tapping. But with a wonderfully bittersweet set of lyrics about falling in, and out of, love. About hanging on. About letting go. About compromising. About forgiving.

We’re only young and naive still
We require certain skills
The mood it changes like the wind
Hard to control when it begins

The bittersweet between my teeth
Trying to find the in-betweens
Fall back in love eventually
Yeah yeah yeah yeah

Can’t help myself but count the flaws
Claw my way out through these walls
One temporary escape
Feel it start to permeate

We lie beneath the stars at night
Our hands gripping each other tight
You keep my secrets hope to die
Promises, swear them to the sky

The bittersweet between my teeth
Trying to find the in-betweens
Fall back in love eventually
Yeah yeah yeah yeah

As it withers
Brittle it shakes
Can you whisper
As it crumbles and breaks
As you shiver
Count up all your mistakes
Pair of forgivers
Let go before it’s too late
Can you whisper
Can you whisper
Can you whisper
Can you whisper

The bittersweet between my teeth
Trying to find the in-betweens
Fall back in love eventually
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
The bittersweet between my teeth
Trying to find the in-betweens
Fall back in love eventually
Yeah yeah yeah yeah

The Naked And Famous – Young Blood

www: The Naked And Famous’ official website, Facebook Page, and MySpace.