SONG PREMIERE: Gordon Raphael – View From Blue
Don’t judge a book by its cover or a song by its title but “View From Blue” – got me at, well exactly that. While listening to the guitar heavy track for the very first time (hard to remember now after countless repeats), I remember that beautifully warm and fuzzy feeling, with elements of welcomed familiarity juxtaposed with something surprising and new. Listening to “View Form Blue” is a bit like walking into your favorite neighborhood bar, getting handed your preferred drink even before ordering it.
Seems like Gordon Raphael was on a serious glam rock listening binge when creating “View From Blue” but of course, it would not be the man who produced The Strokes’ and Regina Spektor’s superb first albums, if he did not know how to mix that warm and fuzzy sound with something exciting, fresh and new. Gordon Raphael’s vocals lend the track some depth and gravity while the psychedelic bluesy guitar is let loose to flirt away. As someone who does not leave out an opportunity to mention how much she digs The Strokes, I can hardly express how flattered and honored I am to exclusively premiere the first song from Gordon Raphael’s upcoming album on glamglare. Holy cow!
But why would this successful and thought after producer go through the trouble and put out his own record? Here is what Gordon Raphael has to say about that:
I love producing, but playing guitar and writing songs is what I’ve always done. I wanted to show what I can do on the other side of the desk all the time, but producing kept getting in the way.
“View From Blue” is just one of 12 fantastic songs on an album, that could have easily had multiple more tracks, as Gordon Raphael never stopped writing songs himself and these are the ones that made the cut for the upcoming debut solo album “Sleep On The Radio”, with a release date of September 22, 2017 on Zero Hours Records.
For now, listen to the dazzling “View From Blue”, our Song Pick of the Day and exclusive premiere: