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4 SONG EP December 6, 2023

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EP: BRIGHTER LIGHT
UPC: 198004911368
Genre: Electro Pop
Artist: Benjamin Russell and Rob Stuart
Record Label: TCBE Records
Release Date: December 6, 2023
MUSIC: Benjamin Russell and Rob Stuart
LYRICS:Elyce and Benjamin Russell
VOCALS: Benjamin Russell
PRODUCED AND MIXED: Rob Stuart
VIDEOS: Elyce & Benjamin Russell
INFLUENCES/SOUNDS LIKE:
Depeche Mode
Peter Gabriel
Massive Attack
David Bowie
Brian Eno
THE EP
These guys have been cooking with grease this year! Benjamin Russell and Rob Stuart began the year with their debut album, SOMETHING IN F MINOR, then Russell released a solo album, FRONTIER, while Stuart was hard at work with his band, Slave to the SQUAREwave, putting on live shows and recording new material with the band. Somehow, Russell and Stuart managed to write and record another EP, all in 2023.

Ironically, BRIGHTER LIGHT is darker, mostly downtempo, chill, trance, with the exception of the title track which is more alternative dance. Electronic, the 4-song EP has washes of synths and samplers supporting, embracing and lifting the vocals into a territory Russell and Stuart have refined into their own sound.

Multilayered meanings reflect on life and the nature of reality, with hope for what comes next.

Prepare to be dazzled.
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Songs
Subtitle

01 - BRIGHTER LIGHT
ISRC: - CARI82300035
Written by Elyce and Benjamin Russell and Rob Stuart
LYRICS
BRIGHTER LIGHT - lyrics by Elyce and Benjamin Russell

Rising up above my body
Rising up above my body

Tunnel vision
It's not a straight line
To the light at the end
Will you be waiting, my friend?

What is the wave that I ride?
Leaving the rest of me behind?
Bending light around the graviton
Until I reach the final destination

Rising above
The body down there
It fit me like a glove
Is this the end of our love?

What is the wave that I ride?
Leaving the rest of me behind?
Bending light around the graviton
Until I reach the final destination

The light at the end
Who will be waiting to take me home?
Will I go alone?
Or will you be waiting?
In the light
The bright bright light
The brighter light
The brighter light
The brighter light is you

What is the wave that I ride?
Leaving the rest of me behind?
Bending light around the graviton
Until I reach the final destination

The brighter light is waiting
The brighter light
ABOUT
The eternal question - what happens when we're done with this body? Some have crossed over and come back to tell of a BRIGHTER LIGHT at the end of the tunnel.

Will someone be waiting to welcome you? You'll certainly be going in style with this 130bpm Electronic Alternative Dance song which kicks off the 4 song EP.

02 - DON'T LEAVE ME BEHIND
ISRC: CARI82300002
Written by Elyce and Benjamin Russell and Rob Stuart
LYRICS
DON'T LEAVE ME BEHIND - lyrics by Elyce and Benjamin Russell

I'm seeing things
When I close my eyes
What I'm saying is
I begin to fantasize

You're there with me
but not there with me
You know what I mean
You're not living the dream
Don't leave me behind

Why do I run
Sometimes away from you?
When we are close
It's the best I ever knew
You're there with me
but not there with me
don't leave me behind
Where you going in your mind?

I remember the first time
When I became aware
In a crowded room I made my great escape
You came and joined me on the stair
We began to share
It was wonderful, kind of magical
We can get back there
If you let me join your fantasy
Just open your eyes
See me
And don't leave me behind
ABOUT
Gearing down to mid tempo, DON'T LEAVE ME BEHIND discovers that escaping into a fantasy is not as good as the real life we already have. Be careful not to lose it!

03 - DRIVING HOLLOW
ISRC: CARI82300033
Written by Elyce and Benjamin Russell and Rob Stuart
LYRICS
DRIVING HOLLOW - lyrics by Elyce and Benjamin Russell

I'm going through the motions
Swimming in the mist
There might have been a turn back there
That I might have missed

I'm stopped here at the corner
Of Heartache and Pain
Scanning for Happiness
It's the street with no name

Switching on, checking out
Dashcam, GPS
Nothing helps

In a funk, bear it out
Driving round, in my car
Driving hollow

I'm going through the motions
But this fog's so thick
Could be hiding anything
Playing me a trick

This moment feels too late
I can't feel you there
Losing my happiness
I'm so sorry I swear

Just these little sparks
In the thick grey soup
Little lightning flashes
Fireflies in the city
In this city

Switching on, checking out... (chorus x2)
ABOUT
Downshifting into a misty cityscape, DRIVING HOLLOW paints a grooving impressionistic picture of what can happen when you take a wrong turn in your most important relationship.

04 - ELEGANT MIRAGE
ISRC: CARI82300034
Written by Elyce and Benjamin Russell and Rob Stuart
LYRICS
ELEGANT MIRAGE - lyrics by Elyce and Benjamin Russell

Hollow, phoney - what a fraud
Pretending, a facade
Egos rise to the top
Things are breaking down
Pressure non stop
Brotherhood
What happened to the good?

Let's dance on the bones of this elegant mirage

I'm so tired of the lies
False prophets, all the guys
With their smiles and smirks
Things are breaking down
And nothing works
As it should
What happened to the good?

Fake it untill you make it
Make it, make it, make it
Stop

Chorus...

Now it's all just goodbyes
Quiet quitting, no one tries
Without a backward glance
Things are breaking down
And no one thinks
There's a chance
Now who will take a stance?

Outro
Let's dance on the bones of this elegant mirage
ABOUT
Fake news is old news. What do you need to watch out for now? The fakes are getting more and more sophisticated. Can you tell what's real? Elegiac, the track takes you on a slow dance through the phoneys and illusions that distract you from reality. Will you resign from this mortal coil, or will you dance on the bones of this ELEGANT MIRAGE?

Lyrics
Subtitle
Brighter Light
lyrics by Elyce and Benjamin Russell
Rising up above my body
Rising up above my body

Tunnel vision
It's not a straight line
To the light at the end
Will you be waiting, my friend?

What is the wave that I ride?
Leaving the rest of me behind?
Bending light around the graviton
Until I reach the final destination

Rising above
The body down there
It fit me like a glove
Is this the end of our love?

What is the wave that I ride?
Leaving the rest of me behind?
Bending light around the graviton
Until I reach the final destination

The light at the end
Who will be waiting to take me home?
Will I go alone?
Or will you be waiting?
In the light
The bright bright light
The brighter light
The brighter light
The brighter light is you

What is the wave that I ride?
Leaving the rest of me behind?
Bending light around the graviton
Until I reach the final destination

The brighter light is waiting
The brighter light

Don't Leave Me Behind
lyrics by Elyce and Benjamin Russell
I'm seeing things
When I close my eyes
What I'm saying is
I begin to fantasize

You're there with me
but not there with me
You know what I mean
You're not living the dream
Don't leave me behind

Why do I run
Sometimes away from you?
When we are close
It's the best I ever knew
You're there with me
but not there with me
don't leave me behind
Where you going in your mind?

I remember the first time
When I became aware
In a crowded room I made my great escape
You came and joined me on the stair
We began to share
It was wonderful, kind of magical
We can get back there
If you let me join your fantasy
Just open your eyes
See me
And don't leave me behind

Driving Hollow
lyrics by Elyce and Benjamin Russell
I'm going through the motions
Swimming in the mist
There might have been a turn back there
That I might have missed

I'm stopped here at the corner
Of Heartache and Pain
Scanning for Happiness
It's the street with no name

Switching on, checking out
Dashcam, GPS
Nothing helps

In a funk, bear it out
Driving round, in my car
Driving hollow

I'm going through the motions
But this fog's so thick
Could be hiding anything
Playing me a trick

This moment feels too late
I can't feel you there
Losing my happiness
I'm so sorry I swear

Just these little sparks
In the thick grey soup
Little lightning flashes
Fireflies in the city
In this city

Switching on, checking out... (chorus x2)

Elegant Mirage
lyrics by Elyce and Benjamin Russell
Hollow, phoney - what a fraud
Pretending, a facade
Egos rise to the top
Things are breaking down
Pressure non stop
Brotherhood
What happened to the good?

Let's dance on the bones of this elegant mirage

I'm so tired of the lies
False prophets, all the guys
With their smiles and smirks
Things are breaking down
And nothing works
As it should
What happened to the good?

Fake it untill you make it
Make it, make it, make it
Stop

Chorus...

Now it's all just goodbyes
Quiet quitting, no one tries
Without a backward glance
Things are breaking down
And no one thinks
There's a chance
Now who will take a stance?

Outro
Let's dance on the bones of this elegant mirage