"'Semblance', the latest release from Sometimes Chad, is an emotionally charged song blending modern indie rock with some classic new wave, that can take you to a kind of bittersweet sadness and definitely has the ability to transmit a nostalgic even melancholic mood; the emotive words and vocals (that sometimes remind of a young Placebo), have the power and delicacy to transmit a special empathy that the songwriter it's trying to project.
The inspiration for this song is of a very intimate and beautiful personal memory (please read the artist's commentary below) that unfortunately ends sadly.
Without a doubt the guitar parts are the main focus here, and the texture, efx and final tone they present through profound melodies are so deeply touching. The overall production is balanced between the acoustic drums and a set of nicely constructed synth layers, giving it a little air of post punk with the contrasting more dry vocal layer. Sometimes Chad achieves a deep level of emotion with this track, hoping it will get to you too."
by Synthpop Your World on 19-June-2019
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INSIDE THE TRACK: [artist's commentary]
Almost two years ago my sister passed away. I didn’t know her all that well because she went to live with her biological dad when I was really young. After she died my mom would tell me stories about how when I was a baby, and I’d cry in the middle of the night, my sister would go into my room and take care of me and put me back to sleep in her room. I have a young son, and the thought of how much she must have loved me, to be 8 years old and taking care of a crying baby in the middle of the night, and to think that I hardly knew her, really makes me ache like hell for what few memories I do have of us together.
This is a song about wanting so bad to go back in time and experience a relationship I had to hear about years later when it was too late.