Top 30 Songs for April 21-27, 2019

1. TRAMPOLINE – SHAED (3)
2. READY TO LET GO – Cage the Elephant (1)
3. SIGUE CON EL AMOR – John Defeo (4)
4. VOLCANO – Feather Weight (5)
5. CHLORINE – twenty one pilots (7)
6. ASSUME FORM – James Blake (6)
7. POWER OVER ME – Dermot Kennedy (2)
8. LONGSHOT – Catfish and the Bottlemen (9)
9. DISAPPEAR – Western Jaguar (10)
10. HARMONY HALL – Vampire Weekend (12)
11. FEAR THE FUTURE – IAMWARFACE (15)
12. SUPERPOSITION – Young the Giant (8)
13. DARK PLACES – The Frontier (16)
14. BURY A FRIEND – Billie Eilish (17)
15. EXITS – Foals (11)
16. TIME – Morosity (19)
17. ESCAPE – Ships Have Sailed (20)
18. HURT – Oliver Tree (23)
19. LOVE CRAZY – Karolina Rose (21)
20. LO/HI – The Black Keys (22)
21. S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun) – The Glorious Sons (13)
22. HOME – morgxn featuring WALK THE MOON (14)
23. STILL FEEL – half alive (25)
24. GENERATION Y – Guide Dog (26)
25. MOVEMENT – Hozier (18)
26. BELOVED – Mumford & Sons (29)
27. SEVENTEEN – Sharon Van Etten (30)
28. PATIENCE – Tame Impala (N)
29. SECRET THAT LIES BEHIND – The Gear (27)
30. CHANGE – The Revivalists (24)

Top 30 Songs for April 14-20, 2019

1. READY TO LET GO – Cage the Elephant (1)
2. POWER OVER ME – Dermot Kennedy (2)
3. TRAMPOLINE – SHAED (3)
4. SIGUE CON EL AMOR – John Defeo (5)
5. VOLCANO – Feather Weight (6)
6. ASSUME FORM – James Blake (7)
7. CHLORINE – twenty one pilots (10)
8. SUPERPOSITION – Young the Giant (4)
9. LONGSHOT – Catfish and the Bottlemen (11)
10. DISAPPEAR – Western Jaguar (12)
11. EXITS – Foals (13)
12. HARMONY HALL – Vampire Weekend (14)
13. S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun) – The Glorious Sons (8)
14. HOME – morgxn featuring WALK THE MOON (9)
15. FEAR THE FUTURE – IAMWARFACE (17)
16. DARK PLACES – The Frontier (18)
17. BURY A FRIEND – Billie Eilish (21)
18. MOVEMENT – Hozier (15)
19. TIME – Morosity (20)
20. ESCAPE – Ships Have Sailed (23)
21. LOVE CRAZY – Karolina Rose (24)
22. LO/HI – The Black Keys (26)
23. HURT – Oliver Tree (28)
24. CHANGE – The Revivalists (16)
25. STILL FEEL. – half alive (29)
26. GENERATION Y – Guide Dog (30)
27. SECRET THAT LIES BEHIND – The Gear (22)
28. DELTA BLUES – Jetstream (18) 20th week on chart
29. BELOVED – Mumford and Sons (N)
30. SEVENTEEN – Sharon Van Etten (N)

Top 30 Songs for April 7-13, 2019

1. READY TO LET GO – Cage the Elephant (1)
2. POWER OVER ME – Dermot Kennedy (3)
3. TRAMPOLINE – SHAED (4)
4. SUPERPOSITION – Young the Giant (2)
5. SIGUE CON EL AMOR – John Defeo (6)
6. VOLCANO – Feather Weight (7)
7. ASSUME FORM – James Blake (9)
8. S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun) – The Glorious Sons (5)
9. HOME – morgxn featuring WALK THE MOON (10)
10. CHLORINE – twenty one pilots (16)
11. LONGSHOT – Catfish and the Bottlemen (13)
12. DISAPPEAR – Western Jaguar (14)
13. EXITS – Foals (15)
14. HARMONY HALL – Vampire Weekend (17)
15. MOVEMENT – Hozier (12)
16. CHANGE – The Revivalists (8)
17. FEAR THE FUTURE – IAMWARFACE (20)
18. DARK PLACES – The Frontier (21)
19. DELTA BLUES – Jetstream (11) 19th week on chart
20. TIME – Morosity (24)
21. BURY A FRIEND – Billie Eilish (25)
22. SECRET THAT LIES BEHIND – The Gear (19)
23. ESCAPE – Ships Have Sailed (26)
24. LOVE CRAZY – Karolina Rose (27)
25. NORTHERN LIGHTS – Death Cab for Cutie (18)
26. LO/HI – The Black Keys (30)
27. SUNFLOWER – Post Malone & Swae Lee (23)
28. HURT – Oliver Tree (N)
29. STILL FEEL. – half alive (N)
30. GENERATION Y – Guide Dog (N)

Top 30 Songs for March 31-April 6, 2019

1. READY TO LET GO – Cage the Elephant (2)
2. SUPERPOSITION – Young the Giant (1)
3. POWER OVER ME – Dermot Kennedy (3)
4. TRAMPOLINE – SHAED (9)
5. S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun) – The Glorious Sons (6)
6. SIGUE CON EL AMOR – John Defeo (7)
7. VOLCANO – Feather Weight (8)
8. CHANGE – The Revivalists (5)
9. ASSUME FORM – James Blake (13)
10. HOME – morgxn featuring WALK THE MOON (12)
11. DELTA BLUES – Jetstream (4) 18th week on chart
12. MOVEMENT – Hozier (14)
13. LONGSHOT – Catfish and the Bottlemen (15)
14. DISAPPEAR – Western Jaguar (16)
15. EXITS – Foals (17)
16. CHLORINE – twenty one pilots (18)
17. HARMONY HALL – Vampire Weekend (20)
18. NORTHERN LIGHTS – Death Cab for Cutie (11)
19. SECRET THAT LIES BEHIND – The Gear (21)
20. FEAR THE FUTURE – IAMWARFACE (22)
21. DARK PLACES – The Frontier (23)
22. LOVE IT IF WE MADE IT – The 1975 (10)
23. SUNFLOWER – Post Malone & Swae Lee (19)
24. TIME – Morosity (27)
25. BURY A FRIEND – Billie Eilish (28)
26. ESCAPE – Ships Have Sailed (29)
27. LOVE CRAZY – Karolina Rose (30)
28. SALVATION – The Strumbellas (25)
29. IN THE WATER – The Underground Vault (24) 21st week on chart
30. LO/HI – The Black Keys (N)

Top 30 Songs for March 24-30, 2019

1. SUPERPOSITION – Young the Giant (1)
2. READY TO LET GO – Cage the Elephant (3)
3. POWER OVER ME – Dermot Kennedy (7)
4. DELTA BLUES – Jetstream (2)
5. CHANGE – The Revivalists (6)
6. S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun) – The Glorious Sons (8)
7. SIGUE CON EL AMOR – John Defeo (9)
8. VOLCANO – Feather Weight (10)
9. TRAMPOLINE – SHAED (11)
10. LOVE IT IF WE MADE IT – The 1975 (4)
11. NORTHERN LIGHTS – Death Cab for Cutie (5)
12. HOME – morgxn featuring WALK THE MOON (13)
13. ASSUME FORM – James Blake (15)
14. MOVEMENT – Hozier (16)
15. LONGSHOT – Catfish and the Bottlemen (17)
16. DISAPPEAR – Western Jaguar (18)
17. EXITS – Foals (19)
18. CHLORINE – twenty one pilots (20)
19. SUNFLOWER – Post Malone & Swae Lee (12)
20. HARMONY HALL – Vampire Weekend (24)
21. SECRET THAT LIES BEHIND – The Gear (23)
22. FEAR THE FUTURE – IAMWARFACE (25)
23. DARK PLACES – The Frontier (26)
24. IN THE WATER – The Underground Vault (14) 20th week on chart
25. SALVATION – The Strumbellas (22)
26. WANDER – Vox Eagle with Pierre Fontaine (21) 20th week on chart
27. TIME – Morosity (30)
28. BURY A FRIEND – Billie Eilish (N)
29. ESCAPE – Ships Have Sailed (N)
30. LOVE CRAZY – Karolina Rose (N)

SHIPS HAVE SAILED – Single Review: “Escape”

Ships Have Sailed

I’ve followed Los Angeles duo Ships Have Sailed on Twitter for a couple of years, but have somehow neglected featuring them on this blog. I’m now remedying that sad situation, as they’ve just released a beautiful and deeply moving new single “Escape“, and I love it. Ships Have Sailed is the brainchild of vocalist/guitarist Will Carpenter, and after collaborating with a number of fellow musicians starting around 2012, the lineup now permanently includes drummer Art Andranikyan. They play a pleasing and infectious style of pop-rock characterized by memorable melodies and thoughtful, uplifting lyrics. I had the pleasure of meeting Will last year in Los Angeles, and his gentle kindness comes through in his sublime vocals.

Ships Have Sailed released their debut EP Someday in 2013, and followed two years later with Moodswings. They also released a few EPs between 2015 and 2017 that featured remixes or acoustic versions of previously recorded songs. More recently, they dropped two stellar singles – “Up” in 2017 and “Let’s Just Dance” in 2018, along with some great remixes for both. Their latest effort is “Escape”, which dropped on February 22nd, and I think it’s one of their best songs yet.

From the moment we hear the opening guitar chords and delicate synths, we’re enveloped by a warm and heavenly soundscape. Then Will’s soft, comforting vocals enter the mix, and it’s pure bliss. He has a beautiful voice that melds perfectly with the gentle instrumentals. The music intensifies in the third verse as Art’s crashing cymbals and assertive drumbeats bring drama to the track. Will’s vocals rise to the occasion, becoming raw and impassioned, raising goosebumps on the back of my neck.

The song speaks to a person struggling with personal demons and addiction. About the inspiration behind the song, Will explains: “Everyone has struggled. Born as the stark expression of an especially trying year, ‘Escape’ represents a shift from what we’ve become best known for, exposing a more vulnerable angle. It represents musical honesty in its most raw form, and we truly hope it makes you feel something.

So you stumble through the world run against the grain…
There’s a demon in your mind with a boiling rage…
Screaming at the sky do you feel insane? Someone better hold you down.
Someone better figure you out…
Someone better hold you down…
Get off this ride…

If you look into the sky can you feel the rain?
Does the needle in your arm take away the pain?
Do you wonder if you’ll ever find a home again…
beyond this cheap escape…my friend.

The powerful and stunning video shows scenes of Will and Art performing the song, alternating with scenes of a young man experiencing emotional turmoil. Filmed in and around Los Angeles, it was directed by Michael Easterling & Jaala Ruffman of Talkboy TV, and produced by Ruffman. The cinematography was done by David Parks, and the actors are Caleb Thomas, Zarah Ruffman & Clarity Ruffman.

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