New Song of the Week – SECRET AMERICAN: “Here Comes A Man”

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Secret American is a delightfully unique band I’ve grown to love over the past year or so, ever since being introduced to them and their music by another blogger. They’re a bi-coastal band, born from the collaboration of singer/songwriter and guitarist Derek Krzywicki, who lives in the small town of Carpinteria on the California coast east of Santa Barbara, and his long-time friend Todd Mecaughey, a producer/engineer and musician from Philadelphia. Despite their distance, they began working together on music fairly regularly for over a year in Philadelphia, as well as collaborating through the internet from their home studios, and eventually formed Secret American. Using songs Derek had written previously, the two created their debut 2018 album Warmth & Shelter (which I reviewed in March 2019). The band was gradually expanded to a seven-member lineup with the addition of Katie Frank, Tony Unander, Alex Baranowski, Rory Geoghegan and Jon McNally.

Their refreshing, laid-back sound is at once retro yet contemporary, eccentric yet familiar. While their song lyrics often address serious subjects that make us think, they’re presented with sunny melodies, breezy instrumentation and pleasing vocals that make for happy listening experience. Since the release of Warmth & Shelter, Secret American has been recording and releasing new singles that will eventually be included on their second album. Their latest is “Here Comes a Man“, which I’ve chosen as my New Song of the Week.

The song opens with a rather pensive trumpet, then settles into a languid tempo, highlighted by a strong, thumping drumbeat and wonderful twangy guitar notes. With seven musicians contributing to the music, we hear all sorts of instruments and sounds, including horns, snare drums, keyboard synths, guitar and bass. But perhaps the most striking of them all are the occasional reverb-heavy distorted guitar chords that punctuate the proceedings from time to time, adding a touch of danger to the otherwise sunny upbeat vibe.

I love Derek’s smooth singing voice, which registers in the higher octaves just below a falsetto. He sounds appropriately seductive as he sings the great come-on lyrics to a woman he finds attractive, urging her to ditch the man she’s with and give him a chance instead:

Hello, I’ve seen your face before, I don’t recall your name
You’re looking at me too long through a glass of champagne
I’m a greyhound headin’ at ya, making all the stops
I’m a loosening my collar, I’m a drinking on the rocks
But the man right next to you, who is that man?
Is he making you happy, doesn’t look like he can
So I’m a walk right to ya, gonna pass that man
My eyes wide open

Here comes a man (x3)
Here I come

“Here Comes a Man” is another terrific song from this incredibly talented group of musicians. Their superb songwriting and musicianship never fail to amaze me, and so long as they continue to produce such great songs, I shall remain a devoted fan.

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Top 30 Songs for January 12-18, 2020

1. YOU? – Two Feet (4th week at #1)
2. WHITE LIES & PALM TREES – The Lovepools (3)
3. ORPHANS – Coldplay (4)
4. CIRCLES – Post Malone (2)
5. MIGHT BE RIGHT – White Reaper (6)
6. DISSOLVE – Absofacto (5) 20th week on list
7. CALM DOWN – Pete Yorn (9)
8. NOVOCAINE – The Unlikely Candidates (10)
9. REWARD – Paul Iwan (11)
10. ALL THE GOOD GIRLS GO TO HELL – Billie Eilish (12)
11. UNDERGROUND – MISSIO (7)
12. DRIFTING AWAY – Stereohaze (8)
13. THE RUNNER – Foals (13)
14. MAN ON THE MOON – The Common View (14)
15. BLIND LEADING THE BLIND – Mumford & Sons (15)
16. WARS – Of Monsters and Men (16)
17. 2ALL – Catfish and the Bottlemen (17)
18. THE BEST – AWOLNATION (18)
19. UNEVENTFUL DAYS – Beck (21)
20. NIGHT TIME – Isolda (23)
21. USED TO LIKE – Neon Trees (24)
22. LIFE IN THE CITY – The Lumineers (26)
23. UNDER THESE SCARS – Falling Into Red ft. Dev (19) 19th week on list
24. LONELY – Secret American (20)
25. HOW WE LIVE – Mandalan featuring Cadence XYZ (29)
26. VAN HORN – Saint Motel (30)
27. THE END OF THE GAME – Weezer (25)
28. MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX – Lana Del Rey (N)
29. ADORE YOU – Harry Styles (N)
30. DON’T START NOW – Dua Lipa (N)

Top 30 Songs for January 5-11, 2020

1. YOU? – Two Feet (1)
2. CIRCLES – Post Malone (2)
3. WHITE LIES & PALM TREES – The Lovepools (4)
4. ORPHANS – Coldplay (7)
5. DISSOLVE – Absofacto (3)
6. MIGHT BE RIGHT – White Reaper (9)
7. UNDERGROUND – MISSIO (5)
8. DRIFTING AWAY – Stereohaze (6)
9. CALM DOWN – Pete Yorn (8)
10. NOVOCAINE – The Unlikely Candidates (10)
11. REWARD – Paul Iwan (12)
12. ALL THE GOOD GIRLS GO TO HELL – Billie Eilish (13)
13. THE RUNNER – Foals (15)
14. MAN ON THE MOON – The Common View (16)
15. BLIND LEADING THE BLIND – Mumford & Sons (17)
16. WARS – Of Monsters and Men (18)
17. 2ALL – Catfish and the Bottlemen (19)
18. THE BEST – AWOLNATION (20)
19. UNDER THESE SCARS – Falling Into Red featuring Dev (11)
20. LONELY – Secret American (14)
21. UNEVENTFUL DAYS – Beck (24)
22. BEEN BUSY – Thunder Fox (23)
23. NIGHT TIME – Isolda (27)
24. USED TO LIKE – Neon Trees (28)
25. THE END OF THE GAME – Weezer (21)
26. LIFE IN THE CITY – The Lumineers (30)
27. THE HYPE – twenty øne piløts (25) 23rd week on list
28. OBSESSION – Joywave (29)
29. HOW WE LIVE – Mandalan featuring Cadence XYZ (N)
30. VAN HORN – Saint Motel (N)

Top 30 Songs for December 29, 2019-January 4, 2020

1. YOU? – Two Feet (1)
2. CIRCLES – Post Malone (2)
3. DISSOLVE – Absofacto (4)
4. WHITE LIES & PALM TREES – The Lovepools (7)
5. UNDERGROUND – MISSIO (3)
6. DRIFTING AWAY – Stereohaze (6)
7. ORPHANS – Coldplay (8)
8. CALM DOWN – Pete Yorn (11)
9. MIGHT BE RIGHT – White Reaper (14)
10. NOVOCAINE – The Unlikely Candidates (12)
11. UNDER THESE SCARS – Falling Into Red featuring Dev (5)
12. REWARD – Paul Iwan (13)
13. ALL THE GOOD GIRLS GO TO HELL – Billie Eilish (15)
14. LONELY – Secret American (10)
15. THE RUNNER – Foals (18)
16. MAN ON THE MOON – The Common View (19)
17. BLIND LEADING THE BLIND – Mumford & Sons (21)
18. WARS – Of Monsters and Men (22)
19. 2ALL – Catfish and the Bottlemen (23)
20. THE BEST – AWOLNATION (24)
21. THE END OF THE GAME – Weezer (20)
22. STAY HIGH – Brittany Howard (9)
23. BEEN BUSY – Thunder Fox (27)
24. UNEVENTFUL DAYS – Beck (28)
25. THE HYPE – twenty one pilots (16) 22nd week on list
26. SOMEONE YOU LOVED – Lewis Capaldi (17)
27. NIGHT TIME – Isolda (29)
28. USED TO LIKE – Neon Trees (30)
29. OBSESSION – Joywave (25)
30. LIFE IN THE CITY – The Lumineers (N)

Top 30 Songs for December 22-28, 2019

1. YOU? – Two Feet (2)
2. CIRCLES – Post Malone (1)
3. UNDERGROUND – MISSIO (3)
4. DISSOLVE – Absofacto (4)
5. UNDER THESE SCARS – Falling Into Red featuring Dev (5)
6. DRIFTING AWAY – Stereohaze (7)
7. WHITE LIES & PALM TREES – The Lovepools (8)
8. ORPHANS – Coldplay (12)
9. STAY HIGH – Brittany Howard (6)
10. LONELY – Secret American (11)
11. CALM DOWN – Pete Yorn (13)
12. NOVOCAINE – The Unlikely Candidates (14)
13. REWARD – Paul Iwan (15)
14. MIGHT BE RIGHT – White Reaper (17)
15. ALL THE GOOD GIRLS GO TO HELL – Billie Eilish (16)
16. THE HYPE – twenty one pilots (10) 21st week on list
17. SOMEONE YOU LOVED – Lewis Capaldi (9)
18. THE RUNNER – Foals (19)
19. MAN ON THE MOON – The Common View (20)
20. THE END OF THE GAME – Weezer (21)
21. BLIND LEADING THE BLIND – Mumford & Sons (22)
22. WARS – Of Monsters and Men (23)
23. 2ALL – Catfish and the Bottlemen (24)
24. THE BEST – AWOLNATION (25)
25. OBSESSION – Joywave (18)
26. BEEN BUSY – Thunder Fox (27)
27. 16 – Highly Suspect (26)
28. UNEVENTFUL DAYS – Beck (30)
29. NIGHT TIME – Isolda (N)
30. USED TO LIKE – Neon Trees (N)

Top 30 Songs for December 15-21, 2019

1. CIRCLES – Post Malone (1)
2. YOU? – Two Feet (3)
3. UNDERGROUND – MISSIO (2)
4. DISSOLVE – Absofacto (4)
5. UNDER THESE SCARS – Falling Into Red featuring Dev (7)
6. STAY HIGH – Brittany Howard (8)
7. DRIFTING AWAY – Stereohaze (9)
8. WHITE LIES & PALM TREES – The Lovepools (10)
9. SOMEONE YOU LOVED – Lewis Capaldi (5)
10. THE HYPE – twenty one pilots (6) 20th week on list
11. LONELY – Secret American (12)
12. ORPHANS – Coldplay (13)
13. CALM DOWN – Pete Yorn (14)
14. NOVOCAINE – The Unlikely Candidates (15)
15. REWARD – Paul Iwan (16)
16. ALL THE GOOD GIRLS GO TO HELL – Billie Eilish (17)
17. MIGHT BE RIGHT – White Reaper (18)
18. OBSESSION – Joywave (11)
19. THE RUNNER – Foals (24)
20. MAN ON THE MOON – The Common View (22)
21. THE END OF THE GAME – Weezer (21)
22. BLIND LEADING THE BLIND – Mumford & Sons (25)
23. WARS – Of Monsters and Men (26)
24. 2ALL – Catfish and the Bottlemen (27)
25. THE BEST – AWOLNATION (28)
26. 16 – Highly Suspect (29)
27. BEEN BUSY – Thunder Fox (30)
28. FIGHTER – Joseph (19)
29. GOOD THINGS FALL APART – ILLENIUM with Jon Bellion (20)
30. UNEVENTFUL DAYS – Beck (N)

Top 30 Songs for December 8-14, 2019

1. CIRCLES – Post Malone (2)
2. UNDERGROUND – MISSIO (1)
3. YOU? – Two Feet (3)
4. DISSOLVE – Absofacto (5)
5. SOMEONE YOU LOVED – Lewis Capaldi (4)
6. THE HYPE – twenty one pilots (6)
7. UNDER THESE SCARS – Falling Into Red featuring Dev (7)
8. STAY HIGH – Brittany Howard (8)
9. DRIFTING AWAY – Stereohaze (10)
10. WHITE LIES & PALM TREES – The Lovepools (12)
11. OBSESSION – Joywave (11)
12. LONELY – Secret American (13)
13. ORPHANS – Coldplay (15)
14. CALM DOWN – Pete Yorn (14)
15. NOVOCAINE – The Unlikely Candidates (18)
16. REWARD – Paul Iwan (19)
17. ALL THE GOOD GIRLS GO TO HELL – Billie Eilish (20)
18. MIGHT BE RIGHT – White Reaper (21)
19. FIGHTER – Joseph (9)
20. GOOD THINGS FALL APART – ILLENIUM with Jon Bellion (16)
21. THE END OF THE GAME – Weezer (23)
22. MAN ON THE MOON – The Common View (24)
23. SOCIAL CUES – Cage the Elephant (17) 20th week on list
24. THE RUNNER – Foals (26)
25. BLIND LEADING THE BLIND – Mumford & Sons (27)
26. WARS – Of Monsters and Men (28)
27. 2ALL – Catfish and the Bottlemen (29)
28. THE BEST – AWOLNATION (30)
29. 16 – Highly Suspect (22)
30. BEEN BUSY – Thunder Fox (N)

Top 30 Songs for December 1-7, 2019

1. UNDERGROUND – MISSIO (1)
2. CIRCLES – Post Malone (3)
3. YOU? – Two Feet (4)
4. SOMEONE YOU LOVED – Lewis Capaldi (2)
5. DISSOLVE – Absofacto (5)
6. THE HYPE – twenty one pilots (6)
7. UNDER THESE SCARS – Falling Into Red featuring Dev (7)
8. STAY HIGH – Brittany Howard (10)
9. FIGHTER – Joseph (9)
10. DRIFTING AWAY – Stereohaze (12)
11. OBSESSION – Joywave (13)
12. WHITE LIES & PALM TREES – The Lovepools (14)
13. LONELY – Secret American (15)
14. CALM DOWN – Pete Yorn (16)
15. ORPHANS – Coldplay (17)
16. GOOD THINGS FALL APART – ILLENIUM with Jon Bellion (11)
17. SOCIAL CUES – Cage the Elephant (8)
18. NOVOCAINE – The Unlikely Candidates (20)
19. REWARD – Paul Iwan (21)
20. ALL THE GOOD GIRLS GO TO HELL – Billie Eilish (22)
21. MIGHT BE RIGHT – White Reaper (23)
22. 16 – Highly Suspect (19)
23. THE END OF THE GAME – Weezer (26)
24. MAN ON THE MOON – The Common View (27)
25. WANNACRY – Darksoft (18)
26. THE RUNNER – Foals (28)
27. BLIND LEADING THE BLIND – Mumford & Sons (29)
28. WARS – Of Monsters and Men (30)
29. 2ALL – Catfish and the Bottlemen (N)
30. THE BEST – AWOLNATION (N)

Top 30 Songs for November 24-30, 2019

1. UNDERGROUND – MISSIO (4)
2. SOMEONE YOU LOVED – Lewis Capaldi (1)
3. CIRCLES – Post Malone (3)
4. YOU? – Two Feet (7)
5. DISSOLVE – Absofacto (6)
6. THE HYPE – twenty one pilots (2)
7. UNDER THESE SCARS – Falling Into Red featuring Dev (9)
8. SOCIAL CUES – Cage the Elephant (5)
9. FIGHTER – Joseph (8)
10. STAY HIGH – Brittany Howard (11)
11. GOOD THINGS FALL APART – ILLENIUM with Jon Bellion (10)
12. DRIFTING AWAY – Stereohaze (13)
13. OBSESSION – Joywave (16)
14. WHITE LIES & PALM TREES – The Lovepools (17)
15. LONELY – Secret American (18)
16. CALM DOWN – Pete Yorn (19)
17. ORPHANS – Coldplay (21)
18. WANNACRY – Darksoft (12)
19. 16 – Highly Suspect (15)
20. NOVOCAINE – The Unlikely Candidates (22)
21. REWARD – Paul Iwan (23)
22. ALL THE GOOD GIRLS GO TO HELL – Billie Eilish (26)
23. MIGHT BE RIGHT – White Reaper (27)
24. NO BULLETS SPENT – Spoon (20)
25. THE MIDDLE – Agency Panic (14)
26. THE END OF THE GAME – Weezer (29)
27. MAN ON THE MOON – The Common View (30)
28. THE RUNNER – Foals (N)
29. BLIND LEADING THE BLIND – Mumford & Sons (N)
30. WARS – Of Monsters and Men (N)

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Top 30 Songs for November 17-23, 2019

1. SOMEONE YOU LOVED – Lewis Capaldi (3)
2. THE HYPE – twenty one pilots (1)
3. CIRCLES – Post Malone (4)
4. UNDERGROUND – MISSIO (5)
5. SOCIAL CUES – Cage the Elephant (2)
6. DISSOLVE – Absofacto (7)
7. YOU? – Two Feet (10)
8. FIGHTER – Joseph (8)
9. UNDER THESE SCARS – Falling Into Red featuring Dev (9)
10. GOOD THINGS FALL APART – ILLENIUM with Jon Bellion (6)
11. STAY HIGH – Brittany Howard (12)
12. WANNACRY – Darksoft (13)
13. DRIFTING AWAY – Stereohaze (14)
14. THE MIDDLE – Agency Panic (11)
15. 16 – Highly Suspect (17)
16. OBSESSION – Joywave (18)
17. WHITE LIES & PALM TREES – The Lovepools (19)
18. LONELY – Secret American (20)
19. CALM DOWN – Pete Yorn (23)
20. NO BULLETS SPENT – Spoon (22)
21. ORPHANS – Coldplay (28)
22. NOVOCAINE – The Unlikely Candidates (24)
23. REWARD – Paul Iwan (25)
24. SECRETS – The Million Reasons (15)
25. GO – The Black Keys (16) 20th week on list
26. ALL THE GOOD GIRLS GO TO HELL – Billie Eilish (29)
27. MIGHT BE RIGHT – White Reaper (30)
28. DESERVING OF LOVE – Lyia Meta (21)
29. THE END OF THE GAME – Weezer (N)
30. MAN ON THE MOON – The Common View (N)