Feels Like Centuries
TRUE NATURE IS: LOU BARLOW FEATURING ROCK LEGENDS TONY LEVIN - AARON COMESS - GERRY LEONARD 'FEELS LIKE CENTURIES' -2009 Driven by the Singular, Modern Rockin' and Spiritual vision of New York based singer/songwriter Lou Barlow, True Nature has injected a sorely needed thoughtful passion and real rock energy into the Indie Rock scene since their 2006 inception & debut at South By Southwest. Back from Austin, gigging at NYC hotspots like The Living Room and Rockwood Music Hall, Philadelphia's World Café Live and Delaware's Dewey Beach Music Festival, Barlow was hard at work behind the scenes orchestrating what has now become the 2nd True Nature EP, Feels LIke Centuries. An historic gathering of music legends banded together for the first time around True Nature's latest unrecorded songs: Bassist Tony Levin (John Lennon, Peter Gabriel), Drummer/Producer Aaron Comess (founding member of The Spin Doctors), and Guitarist Gerry Leonard (David Bowie, Rufus Wainwright), left deep foot prints while contributing to True Nature's emerging presence. Barlow, a onetime recipient of NYU's prestigious Composer of The Year Award has held steadfast, '...a vision for all that True Nature can achieve. Recording with such rarified musicians really woke things up. My music was being realized very quickly, and just like I'd always wanted it to sound.' Between the 1st & 2nd sessions held four months apart at the recently deceased, historic Flymax Studios in Woodstock, NY-Levin had been on the road with Peter Gabriel, & Leonard toured with Rufus Wainright; in the interim-Barlow was, '...uncontrollably & uniquely inspired to write new songs. We were creating a modern sound with an emphasis on timeless rock.' Barlow was next in position to entice Visionary Rock Artist Glen Wexler, known for his photo realistic 'Improbable realities,' to create exclusive album art adapted from the title, Feels Like Centuries. "Glen has the gift of envisioning cinematic-like scenes. The Shamanistic, 'Un-Programmed Human' that Glen created for us, powerfully embodies the unique call to consciousness amidst our troubled modernity that True Nature songs cry out for.' Barlow believes that one of Wexler's panels is, 'The most uniquely provocative, wisdom image statement surrounding 9/11 that I've seen since that time. And I lived here in New York un-healthily close to the site where America was powerfully shaken from our excessive slumber.' Each of the five songs on the EP conveys powerful emotions around compelling narrative augmenting Barlow's vocals that range from strong, male rock leads to vulnerable, haunting & intimate moods. The percussive and anthemic - "Truth I Have To Steel" contains the EP's title phrase 'Feels Like Centuries.' Uplifting in it's tone, 'Truth I Have To Steel' is a personal yet socio-political piece about the frustrations of feeling like everything and everyone around you can not or simply will not face the truth. 'Feels like I'm the one. The only one who wants to know here,' captures the songs essence. The crisp and edgy - "The Color of Daylight" is a strong, personal reflection of the reality that the singer can't hide from himself. The choruses culminate into a "panic" feeling as if daylight has intruded into his long-time hiding place. Like many of Barlow's songs it's somewhat of an epic journey, but in this case, the bridge delves into the realm of quantum physics. The powerful, hypnotic rocker - "My Freedom Lies Behind The Sun" is a song that Barlow says is the angriest tune he's ever written, about staring down the enemy in a world that is no longer safe; the real freedom lies in hard won spiritual perspective. The graceful, heartfelt acoustic ballad - "Woman," the title adapted from the classic John Lennon 'Double Fantasy' song that Levin once played on; "Woman" is about the ultimate healing powers of the feminine that touches on an inner strength to stay positive behind typical male reasoning. The world beat, ethereal pop - "Too Close To See Who We Are" at first appears like a breakup song-but it's actually a striking reflection of human behavior and emotion; the idea of being so caught up in our own heads & dramas' that we don't 'see' or 'feel' in touch with our own true nature. The serendipitously fortunate, creatively powerful all-star sessions that have now become True Nature's second EP, Feels Like Centuries boasts a sound that's all at once familiar yet offers maturity, depth and development--a classic vibe yet is also modern, cutting edge and future seeking.