Still Life

by Absolutely Free

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“Still Life” starts in a familiar universe and bubbles up into another. The shift illustrates an appetite for personal, political & stylistic change, boiling over. The song examines feelings of being worn down and halted by progress, stagnating both in society and individually. It is about breaking free from patterns of still life defined by cyclical, repeated forms of inaction, and predictable modes of conformity.

We collaborated with Christina Battle on the video. Her series of animated gifs, the world is a distorted landscape, brings a wider perspective to our song. Today’s news can debilitate you. Christina’s unrelenting juxtaposition of rusted objects, fossils, and natural disasters makes individual problems seem insignificant in the face of millions of years and forces greater than humanity. That perspective can help assess what we can do as individuals to steer the ship to a better place.

Produced by Jorge Elbrecht (Gang Gang Dance, Ariel Pink) and mastered by Heba Kadry (Björk, Slowdive, Beach House).

lyrics

In this indelible life
I’ve seen as much I thought I would
Not all tasks I tried to do in spare
There is a focus that loosens with wear

In intelligible air
I can see the picture without the frame
I know we all have a cross to bear
But I’ve been carrying this feeling around with me for a while
That I don’t care.

A while. Cared for a while

In intelligible air
I can see the picture without the frame
I know we all have a cross to bear
But I’ve been carrying this feeling around with me for a while
that I don’t care,
A while now
that I can’t figure it out.

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released November 15, 2018
Written by Absolutely Free
Recorded at Palace Sound
Produced by Jorge Elbrecht
Mastered by Heba Kadry

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