decker. (from the album Born to Wake Up available on The Royal Potato Family)
Circling back to an earlier view of humanity, decker. samples Joni Mitchell’s vision of Woodstock (‘you’re stardust, you’re golden, you’re billion-year old carbon’) with his own opinions on “The Garden”. The tune is one of the many observations on life and its living that decker. gathers on his recent release, Born to Wake Up. The songs on Born to Wake Up are personal souvenirs that decker. has collected on his journey back to a homebase in Sedona, Arizona, the songwriter harnessing the mystical power of the red rock mountains and canyons in words and music. The collection receives credit from its creator, the cuts on Born to Wake Up coming to decker. while hiking the mountains near his home, the musician feeling that ‘this album is all about going where the flow leads. For the last ten years, I've pushed hard, but I realized that there's more reward in letting go, in being open to the where songs and life's currents naturally lead you. It was an important lesson for me to learn, both as an artist and as a human being’.
A rhythm laps against the drift of “Smudge”, the music meandering, guided by a thick bass line as Born to Wake Up corners “The Matador” with sharp-angled guitar notes, gently travels in memory to “Mexico”, and strums brittle chords to ignite the trial fire in the storyline of “Burnin’ Grass” (a tribute to Tom Petty). .decker (aka Brandon Decker) creates an experience on Born to Wake Up, offering an audio explanation of the lessons learned from the environment, striding into “Awake” on regimented footsteps that lead into a predestined life, meeting “The Strawman” on a slow trudge of rhythm, and offering advice to “The Saint” on a soundtrack of dreamscape Pop.
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