(This post is about track 3 from the album Goodbye Party, titled “Take Two ft. Kristoff Krane”)
Take Two is a song that I made with my good friend and mentor Kristoff Krane. It’s about mortality, memory, and legacy.
Regardless of what beliefs you may have about the afterlife, I think it’s objectively fair to say that a person’s presence in this world goes through a significant shift once they exhale for the last time.
When I’m no longer living, you will have a very different relationship to either Forefeather, or Zac Hills-Bonzyk, depending on how exactly you knew me in life.
This may seem obvious, but my point here is the acknowledgement of the transition. Obviously, I can’t offer much detail on what the experience of dying is like, but I can safely say with conviction that for everyone remaining alive, it’s a hell of an adjustment to not have that person around anymore.
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(This post is about track 2 from the album Goodbye Party, titled Double Negative. It’s got a dirty word in it. Click here for the clean version, or here for the official music video.)
I mentioned this once already, (and most likely will do so many more times throughout the saga of anecdotes we’ve embarked upon) but finally releasing this album is a really strange experience for me.
The thing that’s probably weirdest about it is that a there are so many vivid memories and lyrical goodbyes to past love interests of mine. Yeah…there are some recurring characters throughout this Party of Goodbyes, you see.
One thing I’m hoping you’ll keep in mind while journeying through these narratives is thatsome of my lyrics were hijacked very directly from my experiences with specific people, andsome include a little more poetic license.
On the subject of direct experience though, Double Negative is the song on Goodbye Partythat is without a doubt the most true to reality, and for this reason it really means a lot to me. If you’ve been listening to my music for a little while, you’ll know that this song has already been out for quite some time (as well as the official music video for it), but I’m hoping this interpretation of its content can inspire you to bring a fresh pair of listening ears to it...
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(This post is about track 1 from the album Goodbye Party, titled Nuclear Power-Up. It's got some dirty words in it. Click here for the clean version.)
I kicked this album off singing the blues because a lot of the topics you’ll find in the rest of the release are bittersweet as hell.
Did you know that I only recognized hip-hop as the craft I’d fully pursue after experimenting with folk, reggae, punk, ska, and indie rock? I also consider the intro to this track a little nod to those days, before I knew it would all lead to this rap thing in the end.
Strangely enough, what actually brought me into the realm of rap creation was – to this day - one of the more peculiar (and almost successful) independent musical experiments I’ve ever known. I first started identifying as a rapper because of an indie-pop-rap group that I started with a close friend of mine in 2010. We called ourselves Featherburger, and made T-Pain-influenced party pop… doused in auto-tune, featuring a conscious tilt, and a little speed rap mixed in here and there.
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In 2013, I finished an album that I'd been working on since March, 2011.
I called this piece of work "Goodbye Party", because it's a collection of songs inspired by the (often easy to miss) gifts we recieve from the endings of things.
I waited for so long to drop this album because when I finished it, I liked it too much to release it without being able to tour in support of it, or at least put out some videos. Now, I'm giving it to you because with my departure from the Berkshire mountains makes it the perfect time for the world to take in a new Forefeather album about appreciating the goodbye phase of life.
Goodbye Party features vocal contributions from Kristoff Krane, Dem Atlas, eLoda of Lifted Mindz, and Open Mike Eagle, plus production by PCP, Andre Mariette, Irenic, Xela, Ecid, Ackronem, and (of course) Forefeather.
1. Nuclear Power-up
2. Double Negative
3. Take Two (ft. Kristoff Krane)
4. Thank You Letter
5. Jones' Lotus Harvest Block Party (ft. Dem Atlas)
6. Famous Last Words
7. Built for Two
8. Run for Color
9. Melting Clocks (ft. eLoda)
10. Wandering Claustrophobia (ft. Open Mike Eagle)
11. Goodbye Party
12. For the Birds
Goodbye Party goes live on october 21st, 2015
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