Anton Kellner & The Lone Stars dropped their newest release, You Were The Fire this Tuesday. In our interview Anton described that he wanted the title to serve as a way to, “…dig in the dark parts of human minds and write about universal emotions that we as humans have to face”.
The album introduces itself through a captivating instrumental piece called, Burning. The elements included in the track are carried throughout the record. When I heard that the group’s sound was labeled as indie/folk, I was interested to see how the two styles would mesh. The use of electric guitars with banjo and fiddle accompaniments is something I could get use to. It’s what helps the album stand on its own.
The idea of a relationship resembling fire is explored a handful of times. A fire can provide you warmth, but it can also burn and go out. Anton’s cleaver writing can observed in tracks such as, Late Night Everythings. Instead of saying he isn’t over a breakup he sings, “You and I are imaginary figures to the human eye…I think I’m in love with a ghost”. Despite the fact that a majority of songs on this record are about dying love and lost hope, I think Anton still wants listeners to walk away with a belief it’s important to move past all the pain. In Rebel he says, “You could live your life in fear build a million walls around you’re only gonna block yourself out, you’re only gonna let yourself down”.
You Were The Fire will rekindle an array of memories. The record’s honest approach is one I admire. I can always appreciate a collection of songs that force me to take a step back and truly analyze what each one means to me.
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