South of Eden debuted the video for its latest single this week.
The band debuted the video for its new single ‘The Talk’ Tuesday through Rolling Stone magazine. The song is the title from from the band’s new EP, which was released recently through Lava/Republic Records.
The band discussed the video’s creation in a prepared statement.
“This video ties all the ideas from the record together,” the statement reads in part. “Distorted views, unclear agendas, the masses following along and a sense of unsettling tension. All accompanied by a mixture of emotions, moods and lights. ‘The Talk’ was a lot of fun to shoot and quite a strange experience!”
“The pandemic has changed a lot all over the world, and here in Ohio the laws are very strict on social distancing,” the statement adds. “When it was time to start planning a video, we knew a lot of work and research had to be done to ensure the video came out exactly how we envisioned it and that all of the guidelines were met. Temperature on arrival, masks, social distancing, the whole 9-yards. Kinda hard to read the cameraman’s face when you can’t see it! The craziest part was the director was monitoring on a zoom call from a different state! Everyone did such an awesome job and were so professional about it, it ended being an awesome experience. I’m interested to see what the world looks like when it opens back up again.”
‘The Talk’ is the second single from The Talk. The band debuted the EP’s lead single ‘Dancing With Fire‘ in July.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘The Talk’ wastes no time grabbing listeners in its opening bars with its up-tempo riff. That riff gives way to a more reserved nature in the song’s lead verse. That reserved approach gives way to the noted high energy chorus. The back and forth of that reserved and more up-tempo sounds ensures listeners’ engagement and entertainment from beginning to end of the nearly four-minute song. What is really interesting to note here is that the classic rock influences of AC/DC and Guns N’ Roses, it also lends itself to comparisons to works from Buckcherry and Alter Bridge. In other words, the classic rock influences are infused alongside the modern guitar rock influences. The end result is an arrangement that is a strong start for the album and just one example of why the EP’s musical content is so strong. The lyrical accompaniment to that musical content adds to the song’s appeal.
Not having a lyrics sheet to reference, the song’s lyrical content is difficult to decipher. However, from what can be deciphered sans said sheet, it can be inferred (hopefully correctly) that this song is a commentary of sorts about how people say one thing but do something opposite; those people who feed lies to themselves and others. This is supposed as front man Ehab Omran sings in the song’s chorus about someone who is seemingly rejecting the help that others offer. He goes so far as to sing in the chorus, “You say you’re trying/But who can tell/When you talk, talk, talk?” There is even mention in the song’s second verse of “helpful hands/reaching in/everyone tries/But you don’t give in” before he asks again, “What do you want?” The song’s lead verse adds to the discussion as it addresses someone who in a different situation who doesn’t seem to know what he or she wants. Again, this interpretation is made wholly sans lyrics to reference. Hopefully it is somewhere in the proverbial ballpark. Right or wrong, it can at least be agreed that there is a certain commentary going on here. That in itself is sure to engage listeners while the song’s musical arrangement will entertain them.
The Talk is available to stream and download here.
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