And when you consider the primary drivers behind ‘Love Songs’, that’s quite remarkable. While the temptation might be there, don’t look at ‘Love Song’s track titles (twelve in total) anticipating a chapter-like overview of Christian’s inspirations. In their place sit vibes of wistfulness and quiet acceptance. It’s an album with nothing to prove other than art-of-lyric, authenticity of voice and depth-of-meaning always wins through.’Love Songs From Suburbia’s available to stream or purchase from June 04 (blackhole.lnk.to/lovesongs). The feet move, the ears prick, but your focus rarely traffics from Christian’s absorbing-to-mesmerizing songs, refrains and harmonies. Less ‘what’s happened’ and more ‘what’s to come’, all bound up in – that word again – “hope”. Adding extra impetus to the international situation was the recent demise of his long-term relationship. So leaving behind house, studio, car and everything else non-suitcase-sized, he landed back in his native Greater Manchester.Writing his second artist album (the long deferred follow up to 2013’s ‘Simple Modern Answers’) couldn’t have been further from the plan, simply as there wasn’t one. Now if this sounds unduly upbeat given our times, bear-with – the context will become much clearer. Setting up a makeshift studio in a vacant building in the middle of a field on his sibling’s property he began to write… and out came ‘Love Songs From Suburbia’.Emotion – it probably goes without saying – is baked into the album. One was global (no prizes) and the second, about as personal as they come. As the mind translates them, a journey takes place and ‘Love Songs’ figurations become clear. Poker-faced, from ‘Tigers’ or ‘Honor’ at the frontend to ‘The Hands That Matter’ or ‘Everywhere’ at the back, there’s not one title that allows conclusions. For the first time in decades, long-time LA resident Christian suddenly and unexpectedly felt far from home. “Hope”, says Christian Burns – “if there’s one word that sums this album up, that’d be it”. Without a permanent base in the county, a returning Christian took refuge under his sister’s roof. Follow us on socials It’s within the album’s verses and choruses that Christian’s meanings lie, some just below the surface, others core deep. First listens to Christian’s second album will likely leave the impression that it’s musical elements are there solely as a passive bit-part players. Notable though, only by their complete absence, are tones of gloom, pessimism or reproach. The story of ‘Love Songs From Suburbia’ (for there clearly is one) begins in Los Angeles in April of 2020. This album was spurred by not one, but two sizeable occurrences. Within a matter of days, creatively – and by his own admission unexpectedly – something began to stir. Don’t get too comfy there though – in 48hrs, it’s going to be eight time zones away. With a real sense of the way the West Coast winds were blowing, last April he hopped a flight back to the familial north of England. A testament to their stunning tact though, over time those elements begin to pop more to the fore, and with them the realization of just what kind of extraordinary balancing act ‘Love Songs’ is pulling off.A wistful, blissful, sun-on-your-face-styled feel – ‘Café del Mar with beats’ perhaps – it carries its tone innately first track through last.
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