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Singled Out: The Majorleans' Sunrise Mary

11/01/2016
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The Majorleans

The Majorleans recently released a music video and single for the song "Sunrise Mary," from their album "Carousel's End" and to celebrate we asked Nicky Francis to tell us about the song. Here is the story:

I don't remember writing this song. The lyrics were bits of hallucinations I was having and writing down. They coalesced under some simple premise at the piano one night.

I can't help but make up stories about people when I see them. Strangers, pictures, cops, robbers, all of the faces tell me something, it's hard to explain.

"One night, I sat Beauty down on my lap.-And I found her galling.-And I roughed her up." -Rimbaud, A Season in Hell

The chorus definitely rings of relationship. Love becomes something intertwined with biology and chemistry and our own internal clocks that mark our time here. You meet so many people and wonder how the hell they keep their connections going, and it seems like it boils down to someone that gets you, and the rest kind of takes care of itself. Anyway it's like a meditation on the inherent and beautiful spiritual violence one goes through to maintain relationships.

Musically, Chris and I tried many arrangements before we captured the lightning in a bottle. Early versions were too Wilco-sounding, and then venturing into a psychedelic rendition that was over the top for the song. We just kept hunting it down, stalking it through the night. I came back to bassline I had imagined initially and just played it over and over. We dropped our notions of what we thought it should be and it was like a spirit alighted in the studio and Chris started playing that magic guitar line. It was a genius moment. The rest just fell into place after that. It's a simple song that means a lot to both of us and I tried to create a character in there that everyone could have known, even if they didn't anymore.

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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