The amazing @looprication sent me a rough mix of the song & asked me to do a "candlesque solo". I have to admit, the first time I listened to this, I cried. I thought the song was powerful & Loop's performance was full of emotion. I debated what to do, what I could add without taking away from the amazing track he had already composed. So I did what I always seem to do. I plugged in my guitar to my "Live" Jeskola Buzz setup and started to play, letting the emotion of the song just wash over me & (hopefully) into the guitar lines. I've just listened to this final mix for the first time, and wow.
Loop, this is something special.
Thank you so much for asking me to be a part of this.
Long-awaited first collab with the amazing @candle !
I did the Moog, words, and beats, and @candle soloed all through it, I rode the volume in and out so hopefully I did it justice.
The lyrics were partially inspired by the lyrics of his song Animated Degradation https://fawm.org/songs/104801/. The first line is adapted from some lyrics I couldn't fit into side-spiral's 7/4 time signature.
This is kind of an end of days song, themes of finality, disconnectedness, Los Angeles late night driving from one all-night party to the next all-day party. There’s a metaphor of technology through here as the voice, but I think it’s natural to feel emotionless sometimes as a defense mechanism to everything that’s happening around us.
But this isn’t totally hopeless, the title refers to a signal sent out from one system to another. From Wikipedia:
“A keepalive (KA) is a message sent by one device to another to check that the link between the two is operating, or to prevent the link from being broken.”
Mutable Instruments Tides (oscillating pitch on oscillator 4)
Alicia's Keys (piano)
Hey hey say it don’t say this is the last time
Just send me a sign a signal in the dark
Penetrate this godless sky
And we’ll live with our backs to each other
Rather than the wall get in the car and drive
This time of night there’s still traffic though not much
Take the 405
You don’t have to ask I’ll throw you a line
And maybe things will be fine
For a time
And maybe we’re immortal you can’t prove otherwise
Not yet anyway
Reflecting in your limpid pools of bloodshot eyes
Together we fade
Let me know you’re still with me
I can’t feel you anymore
I can’t feel you with me
I can’t feel you at all
Send me a keepalive
(I need it too maybe more than you)