letlive. – Copper Colored Quiet (Track Of The Day, 23rd August)

The percussion heavy finale of letlive.‘s If I’m The Devil… (2016) album is our Track Of The Day today.

“Copper Colored Quiet” uses what sounds like PVC pipe, drum stick taps, and other bangs to create an energetic and heart-racing backing to a concerned acknowledgement: “My world is on fire and I’ve got no one to watch it burn”.

The lack of sound to begin with, gradually growing from nothing, constructed by piece-meal percussion, also reflects the fact that this person has deliberately created distance from others: They are alone in their destruction, and are coming to us with this song from their state of nothingness. A flickering flame for 4:31.

They’ve shut out those that would take from them for their own benefit; these false connections and those who get joy from the control they have over another. They’ve seen how their dreaminess doesn’t fit into that mould of a world of being held up on a pedestal then being brought down with an almighty crash.

The violins that lead into the chorus and its lyrical matter-of-factness of this destruction feel uncomfortable. The vultures are there for their meal of the one they’ve cut down to size, seemingly for their own amusement.

“Cause I can’t wait unless it’s for you
No, I cannot
I can’t wait unless it’s for you
No, I cannot”

The grooving beat, touching orchestral sound, and heartfelt vocals of “Copper Colored Quiet” capture an unfolding train wreck, holding curiosity from beginning to end. They refuse to hold themselves back from this, knowing they’re going against the grain and what the impact is. Their only ‘question mark’ being one other person they would consider the impact of (“If I got it all, I got it for you”).

The track fades out, with percussive elements of the track fading away in the process, much like the burning out of this person’s world.


Kel Burch

Creator and caretaker of Depth Mag, Kel uses her superpowers of empathy, word-weaving, and feeling everything deeply, to immerse herself in music before returning to reality to write about her experience with it. [Loved the read? Shout Kel a latte.]

  1. This song is by far my favourite of all time. I understand it, I feel as though it completes me. I have become a loner in this world and the core structure of this song authenticates around your reaction of others and how they have made you feel. The artists voice is spot on, it heightens the emotions to a level of depth that only those who have suffered theough pain and trauma. He is expressing it viocally, its extremely powerful and uplifting. This song is apart if my life, I listen to it to soothe me in a way that can put me to sleep at night or if I need to take a step back and relax.

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