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Under the New Sun

by Smalltown Poets

Fresh and creative alternative pop rock with lyrics and hooks that invite repeat listens. This is the first offering from all five, founding band members since they regrouped to record their fan and radio acclaimed Christmas project in 2011.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Under the New Sun
1:40 $0.99
2. Turn Around
3:29 $0.99
3. Charlie Brown's Lament
2:54 $0.99
4. Grace Is a Song
4:11 $0.99
5. Jesus, I Come
3:39 $0.99
6. The Ballad of Time and Eternity
3:33 $0.99
7. I'll Fly Away
2:29 $0.99
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Album Notes
The title is taken from an old Villanelle (anyone?) song titled May Day. That song isn't on this EP, but the lyric taken from its chorus - Under The New Sun - seems to sum up many of the themes of this new project: death and rebirth, renewal, restoration and resurrection. As fun as re-working Christmas songs was last year, Smalltown Poets has really gotten back to their beginnings by crafting lyric-intensive songs from the ground up, doing their best to turn a few phrases, sneak in a few puns, and invite the listener to dive in and bring his/her own imagination.

Under The New Sun opens with the title track, an atmospheric instrumental that sonically paints the hope and beauty of a new dawn via piano, spacious guitars, and an eager chord progression. The cautionary meets uptempo Turn Around sets the lyrical tone with witty, mile a minute word pictures that take the listener on a roller-coaster ride to a bullfight and back again through space. Charlie Brown's Lament fetches the irony from the classically familiar relationship of a boy and his dog. The EP pushes into new territory with the Aesop-esque story in song, The Ballad of Time & Eternity, featuring lyrics written by Michael for his six year old daughter and meant to take on new meaning about the time she turns sixteen. Speaking of eternity, this concise collection closes with Smalltown Poets’ twist on the standard gospel song I'll Fly Away.



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