Depression and Suicide Highlighted in “The Note in Her Hand”

Love Letters From Space has released “The Note in Her Hand,” a new song that brings awareness to depression and suicide. Check out the song below:

Upon first listen, the track begins with a cheerful vibe as harmonious vocals and a melodic piano line flow in. Though it quickly becomes apparent this song has a deeper meaning, with the “note” from the title being the suicide note from a girl. The lyrics transform into the note itself, illustrating the hardships that many people battling depression go through, such as only having one way out and seeing the world better off without them. It is clear the song wants to bring awareness to this topic, and it does so in a tactful way.

At this point, the song picks up with a driving guitar and upbeat drums. Love and support become the theme here with a lyrical focus on searching for ways to deal with depression. The video shows some popular figures who seemed to have it all yet still succumbed to committing suicide, truly illustrating the fact that mental problems can affect anyone.

The song had a goal of bringing awareness to a subject that many wouldn’t address, being bold in its approach yet still providing entertaining value in the musical talent on display, which is nothing short of outstanding. In the end, the song accomplishes what it sets out to do. Bravo on the singing, instrumental performances and spotlight on a serious issue affecting many people today. We look forward to hearing more from Love Letters From Space.

Danny Baxley – Solo Artist Interview

Danny Baxley has released his latest EP “Love Sex Alcohol” on July 24. Today, Danny spoke with ETV about how music served as a means for escape, the themes of the EP, and advice for other musicians going through tough emotional times. Check out the title track here:

Growing up in Dallas, Danny always had an interest in music. At age 12, he picked up a guitar for the first time and three years later, found himself writing original songs. He was raised in a broken home filled with violence and abuse, and music served as a therapeutic release to get away from it all.

“I believe when I was young I sought after anything as a means for escape, unconsciously of course,” Danny said. “I couldn’t see it at the time because I was right in the middle of it, but my level of stress was slowly killing me internally. I felt lost, confused, scared, and always on edge without knowing of anyway to release the pent-up emotions and energy I had over the years under my family’s roof. Those feelings were what I first wrote about. Expressing my confusion and feeling distant from the outside world were major themes in my first endeavors with writing. Then, of course, the sappy love songs followed in high school from the various girls who I thought were ‘the one’ began to fill my early catalog.”

After college, Danny found himself turning away from music to do jobs that were unfulfilling, which eventually led to emotional and mental breakdown. Hitting rock bottom, Danny attempted suicide and was taken to a hospital.

“After my breakdown and suicide attempt, I landed in a hospital for quite some time,” Danny said. “The transition back to music was as organic as could be. It was as if I rediscovered my best friend whom I hadn’t seen it years and we hit it off like the old times and became inseparable again. Comically, when I began playing again after years of it being absent, I couldn’t remember even my own songs, let alone any covers with the exception of Weezer’s ‘Say It Ain’t So.’ So, I didn’t really have a choice but to fiddle around and put together new songs. I even wrote something while there, and performed it for all the other patients and staff at the hospital, my first time performing in years.”

After this experience, music returned to Danny and became a major part of his life again. He started writing songs with lyrics straight from the heart coming out. He was once again was on the path to living the life of a musician. When he got back into recording, he created and released his EP titled “Identity.”

“Love Sex Alcohol” is the follow up to “Identity” and it’s about self-expression. The EP was originally planned to be a full LP divided into the three portions of the EP title.

“Those themes are still present in the EP just not as prominent as they were,” Danny said. “‘Love Sex Alcohol’ can also be seen as ‘Good Mediocre Bad.’ I really wanted to express my feelings towards the greats in life, the tolerable, and the bad times, which have been constant themes in my life and I’m confident in most others as well.”

The EP was put together in Danny’s studio in his home. His arsenal of equipment included an iMac, two JBL monitors, Native Instruments Maschine, Maschine Jam, Komplete Kontrol Midi Keyboard, a Gibson Les Paul and an Orange MicroTerror amp all put together with Logic Pro X.

“Nearly every day I’m either working on something new, or attempting to complete a project I had already started on,” Danny said. “So, writing the music and lyrics didn’t pose any trouble for me. I read about Stephen King once that he spent X amount a time everyday writing, I’ve used the same strategy so new material is always being created in the Baxley household. When I’m not writing, I’m typically practicing.”

The resulting EP a collection of guitars and poetic lyrics with a darker side that explores different genres in new, creative ways. The EP features electronic glitch sounds and distorted vocals, and mixes heavy rock and dance together. Danny worked with the instruments he had and utilize them to create the songs he saw in his head.

“I didn’t want to fit into a singular box, nor did I want to follow the same model that’s been going on for years,” Danny said. “The EP is a work of trial and error. A journey in creating something new and that no one ever thought of doing before.”

Danny said he originally started as a singer-songwriter but couldn’t help wanting to do more with his sound. He wanted to keep pushing himself to make a new sound with endless possibilities without boundaries. This has led to “Love Sex Alcohol,” the culmination of creating his own sound that goes against common conventions to how most songwriters go about writing songs. The outcome will be appreciated by those looking for something that is experimental, unexpected, and coming from a place of healing.

As far as future the near future, Danny’s plans revolve around playing more shows and getting his name known.

“Playing live right and developing a presence onstage is my current goal,” Danny said. “I have a show booked at The Well in Brooklyn NY on the 30th of August that I’m excited for. I plan to release more music, build a bigger fanbase, and to ideally not piss off my wife for devoting so much time to the work involved in being a musician these days. I love her to death though, and she is very supportive.”

Danny has gone through a lot but his journey has led to him a position where he can use his experience to help others. He has this to say to others going through emotional times:

“You’ll hear ‘no’ a million times, get to use to it. Keep fighting through until you get the ‘yes’ you’re searching for.”

To stay up to date with all things relating to Danny Baxley, check him out on Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, YouTube, iTunes, and his official site.

Prison Escapee – New Single Release

Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Prison Escapee released two new tracks “Locket” and “Au Revoir” that follow up his 2016 LP “Disappearing Mountaintop.” Check out the songs below:

The two electro-inspired piano ballads are themed around unrequited and lost love.  The songs continue the Prison Escapee trend of making lo-fi style recordings that could easily work as part of a film soundtrack. His songs have an intimate feeling probably from having both his debut and sophomore albums were written, recorded, produced, and mixed in his living room.

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Erik David Hidde created the moniker Prison Escapee in 2015, and is putting all his effort into original melancholic music and electronic rock songs after running the independent Housewarming Records in New York. He was raised in Fort Hunter in upstate New York by a Christian family, which is represented in his music. He was brought up singing in his church and all-county chorus in grade school. His lyrics often includes reflecting back on his childhood and personal sentiments of loss, which is centered around his close friend’s prison cell suicide.

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Photo via Prison Escapee

To stay up to date with Prison Escapee, follow on Facebook, Soundcloud, Instagram, Bandcamp and the official site.

Avery LR – Song Review

Rapper Avery LR released his 25-plus track album that featured the thought-provoking song “Never Surrender” that provided a spotlight on sexual abuse, drugs, and teen suicide. Check out the moving video here:

Right off the bat, “Never Surrender” hits hard and doesn’t hold back any punches. Avery LR puts his heart into the track and the music video successfully accompanies the brutally honest lyrics. The opening lines set the stage about his hard life and tough upbringing: “Back in ’96, that’s when life got hard / My Grandmother died, mom’s locked in the yard.” Avery discusses the hardships of having his father killed by the cops and growing up without positive direction, yet using his frustrations he felt in this situation as well as his struggles in school as motivation to overcome it all. The positive message behind this track is a useful tool for anyone who is going through similar circumstances.

The lyrics also delve into a narrative about a girl being inappropriately touched by her father, with the music video showing this part of the story in full effect to really drive home the message of the song. Avery’s commentary is all about real talk and rough situations, and the video matches the theme well without being too explicit, showing just enough to get the idea across and still be accessible to all who watch it. The most difficult topic Avery raps about in the song is how people who are unable to deal with the situation commit suicide, serving as a reminder that there’s always a way out before taking one’s own life. Although Avery’s lyrics originate from a very personal standpoint, the song covers universal themes that could be used to motivate listeners to take charge of the unfair situation they are in.

“Never Surrender” is a very bold song that tackles serious issues, and Avery knows how to use his talent to enlighten listeners about topics they may be unaware of. The song is also a good representation of the “Surviving 2017 Mixtape” it originates from. If you are in the mood for a 2Pac-influenced, free-style gangster rapper with substance behind his words, look no further than Avery LR and his single/video “Never Surrender.”

To stay to date with all things Avery LR, follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Soundcloud, and YouTube.