Welcome to another edition of Press Play. Hi. How are you? I really don’t feel introductions are needed in this particular case, since most, if not all of you have already heard the mellifluous sounds of our featured artist. Breaking out onto the scene in 2004, Keane confirmed our long-standing suspicions that we’d been looking at Alternative-Rock all wrong. Before, the collective notion was that Alternative meant Heavy Rock or something along those lines. But when we first overheard the opening hymn of Somewhere Only We Know, we slowly began to understand that the preconceived notions about certain genres were completely unfitting. This was something entirely new – at least to my ears. Never before had there been such a unique resonance as the kind Keane had bestowed upon us – balancing between the borders of intense Indie Rock and transformed Piano Rock. With four albums under their belt now, and countless singles and EP’s, Keane has undeniably secured a spot amongst music’s greatest.
Once upon a time, eight years ago actually (Seriously? Wow), we were first introduced to Somewhere Only We Know - the first single off Keane‘s debut album, Hopes and Fears. An instant favorite, you could hardly find a radio station or Starbucks that wasn’t playing this song on repeat. Picturesque romanticized lyrics, escalated swells of piano, and Tom Chaplin’s unique lead vocals all converge to create this passionate love song we will forever adore. It’s one of those simple songs that you sporadically visit again and again, only to recall how much you liked it in the first place.
“Oh, simple thing, where have you gone? I’m getting old and I need something to rely on.”