Known to his mum as Eoin French, the Cork-based singer/songwriter Talos arms himself with a mic and an electric guitar. However, his music is far from your typical singer/songwriter. Although his voice is reminiscent of Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, with hints of Australian Matt Corby within his vocal melodies, Talos blends emotive lyrics with sorrowful chords, along with the punch and liveliness of electronic music. Talos has recently released a brand new single titled ‘Odyssey’, taken from his upcoming debut album.
本名Eoin French，这位Cork-based的歌手/编曲者Talos用拿着麦克风，抱着电吉他。然而，他的歌曲和典型的歌手／写歌者有很大不同。尽管他的声音会让人联想到Justin Vernon of Bon Iver，在他的曲调中还带着点儿澳大利亚歌手Matt Corby的痕迹，但他将有感染力的歌词、伤感的和弦、以及电子乐的打击声和轻快活力相结合。他最近发布了一只新单曲名字叫“奥德赛”，这个名字从他即将发布的首张新专辑中得来。
‘Odyssey’ is an introspective song that confronts the thoughts and feelings experienced through self-doubt and the feeling of triumph over these thoughts. In his own press release, Talos explains, “in any endeavour we find ourselves at the point of doubt. Those moments where you question yourself … it’s a beautiful and testing cycle.” I believe Talos has captured these feelings accurately, elegantly representing them in a song.
It begins with a slow swell of arpeggiating synths and light, swirly pads. French enters with the line “unloosen the sky, and suffer the sights” simultaneously with his guitar playing, extended third chords that add to the fragility of Talos’ delicate lyrics. A slow building intro mirrors and extends throughout the entirety of the song. For its 4 minutes and 45 seconds run time, the song continuously builds by layering textures on top of one another, showcasing how the simple three chord structure can masterfully develop into a beautiful spectacle of sound. These compositional devices help in strengthening the focal point of the track, French’s lyrics and vocal melodies.
这首歌以一段缓慢涌起的人工琶音、光、漩涡形的pads开始。作曲者为它填上了“unloosen the sky, and suffer the sights.”的歌词，同时伴着吉他的演奏，延展了的第三和弦为Talos精妙的歌词增加了几分脆弱的感觉。这种慢慢塑造的前奏镜像逐渐扩展到整首歌曲。在它4分钟45秒的演奏时间中，歌曲不断由彼此堆叠的材质建构而成，展示了三种简单的和弦结构可以怎样熟稔地发展成为美妙的声音表演。这些合成的材料不断加强音轨、歌词以及演唱曲调中的重点。
What begins with the hint of a drum pattern in the first chorus leads to the introduction of an accompanying piano melody in the subsequent verse, meandering around the chords and taking your ear on a detour. Just as these elements begin to develop, we’re met with a sudden drop in intensity, revealing a whole new side to the song. Before any endeavour, there is a period of preparation, and Talos represents this period with a stripped-back bridge section.
Very little accompanies French’s lyrics as he reaches the turning point over the aforementioned thoughts of self-doubt. The lyric “now I’m wading water” becomes the driving force behind the track as we suddenly become sonically immersed in a wall of pulsating synths. The song begins to build again, but this time with the newly established feeling of triumph. Finally, with the total takeover of a lead synth line that mimics the vocal melody, the song concludes. We’re left with the feeling of accomplishment and self-belief having been taken on an emotional journey via conventional harmony and a surprisingly bright synth line.
当他转向先前所说的“自我怀疑的感觉”时，并没有任何歌词。歌词“now i'm wading water（现在我在水中艰难前行）”成为声音背后的推动力，随之，我们突然在令人激动的合成音中变得完全沉浸。歌声再次响起，这次带着一种新的胜利的感觉。最后，随着完全占主导的模仿旋律的合成音，这首歌结束。我们带着一种满足感，自我放松的感觉，在过去的和谐和新的令人惊讶的合成音中，我们经历了一场感情之旅。