Blindman | Divided E.P.

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Divided E.P.

by Blindman

A marriage of haunting melodies, delicate guitar embellishments, ethereal sounds, and overly-emphasized drums sounds--this album offers surprises at every turn.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
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1. Home
3:37 $0.99
2. Trees
4:20 album only
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3. Doubt
5:19 album only
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4. Winter
4:25 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The DIVIDED E.P. is the first official album from Blindman, an independent alternative folk project based in south-central Michigan. It was recorded in the intimate house setting of Local Motive Studios in Jackson, Michigan, during the cold winter of 2014. The title "DIVIDED" is the thesis and motif woven throughout this collection of songs. The album tells a story, as it moves through a cadence of restlessness, wandering, questioning, and acceptance.

The first track "Home" kicks off with a saturated wall of sound, to draw in the ear of the listener. As the track moves through verses describing the difficulty in waiting for the "next big thing," more instruments continue to join in, leading to an explosive chorus of tasty gang vocals, ethereal guitars, and powerful drums. This song is an expression of frustration through times of transition and waiting that every person must face throughout life, but also a reminder that it is during those times when we have the greatest potential for hope.

"Trees" is a short parable about humanity's inherent desire for distraction. The first stanza reflects on an old adage, "I am walking, but I cannot see the forest for the trees." This is the 'setting' for the story--a story about how our own distractions can slowly lead to destruction if they tear us from what we truly love and value. It's a story of wandering and seeking. It's the story of the prodigal's son.

As the second track ends, a steady drum beat leads the listener into a song aptly titled "Doubt," because it is simply a song that is full of unresolved questions; questions about life, goodness, shame, justice, truth, and temptation. "Doubt" is the inevitable response to years of thinking that one has it all together. It is the breakdown of the mind and heart to the point where one cannot help but question what he/she has believed or valued. "Doubt" ends not with an absolute answer to the tough questions, but rather a realization that 'doubt' itself is a necessary weakness that ultimately leads to wisdom and understanding.

The final track "Winter" is a song of mourning. The etherial melodies and flowing acoustic guitars resemble sounds of crying and weeping. The first verse echoes the words of Jesus Christ at his lowest point in human history, when he audibly cried, "My God, my God, why have you turned from me?" The remaining verses are filled with images of death and despair, revealing the deepest and darkest of human emotions. The instruments and vocals gradually build through each verse, until finally, they burst into a roaring cacophony of sound.

As the final track ends, the listener is left with small, yet significant, glimpse of hope--the advent of Spring. This movement of Winter to Spring; death to life; despair to hope--it represents all of human history--for it is not until we are at our lowest, most vulnerable state that we can truly grow to appreciate the beauty and mystery of life.

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