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Illuminate (feat. Rocio Libertad Mendoza)

by Curt Barlage

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‘Illuminate’ may be considered a slight detour from the more guitar-forward, shoegaze and psychedelic sounds of the previous releases as he explores a very synth-laden (and absent of all 6 string guitar) and more soulful approach to the production of his third release. Still, the trademark themes and overtones of that dream-like atmosphere and somber, yet blissful narrative of heartbreak and heartache continue to find their place in Illuminate as those elements shaped the previous singles in the same way. The vintage keyboards and Linn drum machine used in the new single give reminiscence of the production of a mid-1980’s Prince ballad. Paired with a rolling baseline that could be compared to something you would hear on an album by The Cure around that same era, the root sound of Illuminate becomes established, but with a modern twist and very upfront, shimmering and breathy vocals. Lyrically, Curt returns to the exploration of deep emotion and confusion within love, but this time with an approach of a plea and an act of surrender. After the first chorus of Illuminate, a voice message is featured that was actually left for an intended recipient and recorded off of Curt’s phone when he realized that it would fit perfectly into the song and lyrical theme. Thus, again as in the previous singles, leaving the listener with very personal (yet universal) and vulnerable expression wrapped into this tune and tale.

Illuminate features backing vocals by Rocio Libertad Mendoza who is the lead vocalist for Los Angeles based, classic Mexican trios band ‘Tres Souls’. The two are also close friends and have been neighbors in the north east Los Angeles area for almost ten years.

lyrics

I've waited so long taken my time
Came here with my heart crossed
Got lost in your eyes found in your touch
Come on let's write another chapter
I know you have grown I know you have changed
For me it doesn't make a difference
For all that I've held I have slowly let go
It all comes down to where you stand now

Illuminate the truth
I know you exist
Illuminate our love
There's no need to resist now
Illuminate the truth
That shines between our lips
Illuminate Illuminate
Illuminate love

So many mistakes array of heartbreak
Admit to all my failure
The fool of a child inside of this man
Has been slayed and laid to rest now
Wherever you are or wherever you've been
It's just the way it unfolds
If you're ready then I am ready too
Laying faith down at your feet yeah

Illuminate the truth
I know you exist
Illuminate our love
There's no need to resist now
Illuminate the truth
That shines between our hips
Illuminate Illuminate
Illuminate love

Illuminate love
Illuminate love

credits

released March 25, 2022
Written, recorded and produced by Curt Barlage. Mastered by Hans Mues. Copyright 2022 Respectful Lust Records.

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