I Wish I Could Say I Love You by Steve Ison

Steve Ison
Alternative
Psychedelic
Current Round: 1  
3.4
 

CREDITS:

All music,instrumentation and lyrics STEVE ISON

Thanks to Harper Stephens for wisely seeing it needed a guitar solo and to Steve Draper for generously giving his cubase skill (and time) inserting 'space' into an already recorded track so i could actualy put one in..

Featured Review

a big 60's sounding intro .... takes me back before my time!

the biggest part of that equation is the guitar riff - which sounds so incredibly familiar yet is something I can't directly pinpoint.

it's such a melting pot of influences that I can't list all of the songs/bands it reminds me of from that creative and magical time period as rock was entering it's springtime .... there's a bit of heavy guitar oriented rock, some southern california hippie vibe, a smidge of american influenced british pop and for sure, a big helping of folk soaked vocals.

I really actually dig the heavy heaping of over the top reverb on that guitar riff and subsequent voicings and fills. and I don't normally approve of saturating big room sounds to gits or vox these days but in this song, it's so natural and matches the intended mood of the backing vocals and as well, the entire track.

the riff is super catchy even tho it's pretty damn simple and I'm glad you didn't abandon it after the intro nor spend too much time beating it into my head. just about a perfect number of renditions ...

drums are damn muddy and totally organics sounding and fit the mood perfectly - as well, I really like the combo of simple pounds and slides and walking fills from the low end 4 string - especially love how it carries so many harmonics through the choruses.

the vocals can't be any better .... a great combination of suspended sustained lines and excellent wordy syncopation in the verses - with well placed and well spaced backing vocals that don't try to get too cute or artsy - just supportive! great tonal values to the highs and lows of the register of the lead singer as well ... pitch is tight and the control is spot on but not forced nor fake. just a good line. a certain amount of emotional restraint makes the more exaggerated portions seem stronger. and the melody is quite cool as it doesn't spend loads of time belaboring certain elevations and intervals and keeps the ear guessing about what's next really really well. and then - after multiple listens, when you do know what's coming - you don't get sick of it - you just continue to appreciate it more and more all the time.

and the words ... well - super great flow - as I said regarding the sustain and more busy lines. nice common storyline that doesn't work super hard to be clever but doesn't fall into any cliche traps where half the song are separate one liners instead of being joined in a common theme and delivery.

the backing vocals are a larger part of the song that you hear at first glance listen. they are well mixed in to make the lead vocal the focal point but they aren't undervalued in what they mean to the warm feeling the song gives ...

speaking of which - it's a pretty summertime type song where it's ok to be feeling good cus of listening. and hearing. and feeling. good. and the arrangment - right down to the floaty outro of vocals is a great dynamic lesson in rise and fall, of tension and release in song to create a mood.

just a really happening song with a very retro sound that brings to mind all of what was good about the music way back in the early days of modern music. when it wasn'tabout anything besides good melody and catchy riffs over a good solid beat with some pretty good talent showing it all off.

gotta admit - I really dig it. and can't find a single thing about it that bugs me - even down to that vintage warm tape sound where it could have been recorded in a cave or a castle or even on a 4 track in a basement.

a big big musical success here. there must be something about these boys that is annoying tho - maybe they wear blue t shirts or silly baseball caps and womens underwear or something. or maybe - they're male supermodels that pose naked like firemen for love me cus I'm beautiful calendars.

gotta be something like that.

cjdenecia

Featured Review

... this has the depth of songwriting found in the heyday. There is a skeleton guitar hook that is almost superficial, and yet all the other parts seem to magically fall in place around its queue. The melody lives by the vocals, and the lyrics are bordering on a regular love song, but there is a little honest doubt conveyed. What is hard to describe is how the various moody sounds mesh into a cool song effortlessly, although I'm certain that's the illusion. It is as if one more part were added the whole song would fracture, but instead each has its crucial job in this song's essence. I wouldn't call it my favorite song of all time, but it is a keeper.

steban

Lyrics

Your love is like a dream i knew
Your love is like a calling
I wrapped it up in all i am
to help me when i'm falling

And i'm well out of sight
but i've been to the light

I WISH I COULD SAY I LOVE YOU
JUST LET IT FLOW OUT AND TOUCH YOU
AND NOT BE AFRAID ABOUT YOU....TONIGHT

You smiled at me when i was down
I made it last a highway
I walked it through the crowd outside
but lost it on the runway...

And i'm scared of the flight
and i'm scared that you might

I WISH I COULD SAY I LOVE YOU
JUST LET IT FLOW OUT AND TOUCH YOU
AND NOT BE AFRAID ABOUT YOU....TONIGHT

Everybodies got the world in motion
Gotta try to make it to the ocean
If i ever thought we'd be i'd turn it around now
I'd turn it around now

And i'm well out of sight
but i've been to the light

I WISH I COULD SAY I LOVE YOU
JUST LET IT FLOW OUT AND TOUCH YOU
AND NOT BE AFRAID ABOUT YOU....TONIGHT

Everybodies got the world in motion
Gotta try to make it to the ocean
If i ever thought we'd be i'd turn it around now
I'd turn it around now