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“Unseen Things” is the first in a series of singles that indie haze-pop band, Flashbulb Fires, plans to release in the coming months. Despite their historically purist approach to recording full-length albums that tell a complete story from beginning to end, Flashbulb Fires recently made a creative choice to explore the idea of releasing their new music as a series of singles rather than in album format. It is undoubtedly a new direction for the band but one that they hope will challenge them artistically as well as keep their fans engaged in a more continuous way.
The inspiration for “Unseen Things” came when Flashbulb Fires was asked to write music for an upcoming feature film directed by and starring William H. Macy. In less than a week, the band wrote, recorded, and mixed a handful of potential songs for the movie. Ultimately, “Unseen Things” was not included in the movie, but the band felt so strongly about the song that the choice was made to release it as a single. This turn of events was also behind the creative shift within the band to move toward continuing to release new music as singles.
I saw an angel through my telephone
right from the heavens throwing down a rope
and if you love me, won't you let me know
angel if you love me let me climb that rope
aimless I wander through the world alone
sleeplessly searching for heaven's rope
when will I find you, darling let me know
darling if you love me let me climb that rope
when I was younger, I was prone to dream
of shimmering cities, sacred and serene
where are you angel, let me hear you sing
we can build a city out of unseen things
hand in hand we're running through the divide
it's beautiful in my mind
running in circles through the pitch black night
looking for a brilliant light
released 13 August 2013
Written and performed by Flashbulb Fires. Recorded and mixed by Chris Sturniolo at the Bird's Nest (March 2013). Produced by Flashbulb Fires. Mastered by Dominick Maita at Airshow Mastering (Boulder, CO)