Singled Out: Darcy Malone & The Tangle's Still Life
The idea came to me from looking at an actual Still Life painting. The definition of a Still Life subject is "anything that does not move or is dead". I started thinking about people and how in magazines and billboards, these beings are essentially used in the same exact way. They are flawless and beautiful, but at the same time, they can be lifeless, expressionless, and look unnatural and almost not real. They are themselves a Still Life.
From there the story began to develop in my head about a woman, who was a model. She was at one time beautiful and used her face and her body to get work and create this image of perfect beauty, but that is all it was. An image. There was no real life to her life.
In the first verse we learn that she once used her looks and body as her means of earning money through modeling, etc. She has since passed away but in her elder years began to realize that her naivety and innocence allowed her to be pulled into this world of stale beauty. Where you are treated as nothing but an object and essentially not true to your inner self. It describes the artful product of her modeling. The posing in colorful attire to end up on a "rainbow slide", as in a bright picture and how she wears layers upon layers of makeup and basically covers up her true beauty.
The last verse starts with the line "Such a Chameleon covered all in gold, but gold turns to silver and silver's too damn old." This is telling us that with age she has had to change or alter herself to keep up the good looks and keep her job in front of the camera, but eventually it all fades and you're then too old and the beauty has passed. She longs for her younger soul again. It's the only way she knows to feel relevant.
When we discussed what the title track for this album would be, we all came to this song. Because in some ways, we related to this song as musicians and where we are presently in our lives. Obviously not models BUT as a musician, you tend to try to think of what style will please everyone else, what look will please everyone else. And we wanted to convey that this record really was from our hearts. We took the risk in just doing what WE felt was US. Being ourselves as musicians. Not what we think anyone else wants us to be. It was perfect.
With that came the idea of the conveying this message through the cover images. On the front cover we are in black and white perfectly posed and with makeup making us appear as mannequins, and when you turn it over, the back cover is truly us, in color, not perfect but very happy. That's who we are. We are REAL.