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Singled Out: Shumaun's Ambrosia

11/13/2015
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Prog inspired hard rockers Shumaun released their acclaimed self-titled debut album today (Friday, November 13th) and to celebrate we asked frontman Farhad Hossain to tell us the story behind the song "Ambrosia". Here is the story:

I find it very difficult to go into detail about the lyrical content of certain songs I write due to the intimate nature of the subject matter. Oddly enough, it just may be that I lack the self-confidence in my own ability to accurately explain and dissect particular lyrics that I've written. "Ambrosia" is one of those songs that touch on many subjects at once. The foundation of the song is about spiritual awakening and the internal conflicts that we face day to day as spiritual beings in a world bombarded with materialism. I use religious imagery at times to expand on the concept that our spiritual energies are all interconnected as one and that we should treat each other as such, but at the end of the day, all the words dissolve into the fact that "Ambrosia" is just a twisted love song.

This is definitely one of the heavier songs on the album. It has a sort of Tool meets Fates Warning vibe to it, with a big hook for the chorus to contrast the haunting melody on the verses. Travis Orbin tracked the drums on this song and, quite frankly, killed it in every possible way without overplaying. The guitar solo is one of my favorites on the album. The first section is a bit tricky because of the alternating time signatures, but it then opens up nicely on top of a layered bed of electric and acoustic guitars banging out chords while maintaining a 6/8 feel. The bridge after the guitar solo is also one of my favorite drum and bass moments, with Jose's bass giving Travis's drum patterns a nice melodic accompaniment.

"Ambrosia" was one of the songs that came together rather quickly; however, the vocal melody on the chorus had several iterations. This became the only frustrating part in completing the song. Eventually, I just chose the chorus that got stuck in my head the most. Ironically, the melody came to me in a dream. The irony stems from the lyrics that I had already written in the pre-chorus that end with the line "Find me in your dreams." Essentially, I just completed the song by taking my own advice.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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