I Heard You Tried to Fight the Sky - EP

aboynamedblu

I Heard You Tried to Fight the Sky - EP

South African indie-alternative singer-songwriter aboynamedblu explores facets of the human condition on an EP underpinned by delicate piano-led melodies, jangling indie-rooted riffs and moody compositions. Developing a mild obsession with the sky and its omnipresent nature, he was plagued with trying to decipher the clouds, or extract some sort of answers from up there, but inevitably it only served as a reminder of how small the human race is in the grander scheme of life. “I wrote most of the project over a few weeks during winter this year,” he tells Apple Music. “I moved into a place outside of the city and it gave me the chance to really tap in and unlearn a lot of things that felt like second nature, and write from a place that was more objective.” Here, aboynamedblu talks us through the eclectic exploration of subconscious that makes up I Heard You Tried to Fight the Sky—co-produced by his right-hand man, Cat Gallent, alongside the mixing talents of Aqeeb Majiet, and mastering finesse of Mike Zeitsman (PHFAT). “Super Grassy” “‘Super Grassy’ is about days when the world suffocates you. It’s the feeling of being trapped in a snow globe and only having the sky to talk to for your sanity.” “Automatic Licence” “A younger version of [me] decided it would be a good idea to steal my uncle's car, pretend that I knew how to drive and go pick up a group of friends to try and show off. I made it downhill, but a few minutes later I stalled at a traffic circle on a busy intersection and was too panicked to be able to drive home, so I had to ask a stranger to drive us back before my uncle noticed. So there I was feeling like a right fool, being driven in the back with my mates with some random guy in the front. I don’t think they’ll ever be able to live that one down, and that is the story of how I ended up with an automatic licence.” “You Don’t Live Here Anymore” “I wrote this song about my uncle David who passed away last year. He had a heart attack during my mom’s birthday dinner and it was one of the most difficult moments I’ve ever experienced. It’s the first time I’d re-approached that night, and it felt so cathartic to get the feeling across like this.” “Oh No!” “The song is about running into someone that used to be everything to you and now it’s too strange to even go and say hello. It’s always been a confusing idea to me that someone who I couldn’t imagine a life without would be the same person I’m trying my best to avoid.” “Only for Display” “I realised how frequently I’ve been on the move since I was a kid, and always feeling removed from my surroundings and a bit like I’m just floating through places. Often everything can seem put together from the outside, but it’s only ever really for display. After living by myself for the first time, I got to really explore what I find important in my own space and create a world that felt like an extension of my personality.”

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