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Feels Like Centuries

by True Nature

Modern, Rockin', Spiritual - True Nature brings together the vocal passions of U2, the raw rock intensity of The Foo Fighters, with George Harrison-like spiritually-infused lyrics.
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1. Truth I Have To Steel (Simple Heart)
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2. The Color Of Daylight
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3. My Freedom Lies Behind The Sun
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4. Woman
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5. Too Close To See Who We Are
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Album Notes
TRUE NATURE IS:
LOU BARLOW

FEATURING ROCK LEGENDS
TONY LEVIN - AARON COMESS - GERRY LEONARD
'FEELS LIKE CENTURIES' -2009

Driven by the Singular, Modern Rockin’ and Spiritual vision of New York based singer/songwriter Lou Barlow, True Nature has injected a sorely needed thoughtful passion and real rock energy into the Indie Rock scene since their 2006 inception & debut at South By Southwest.

Back from Austin, gigging at NYC hotspots like The Living Room and Rockwood Music Hall, Philadelphia's World Café Live and Delaware's Dewey Beach Music Festival, Barlow was hard at work behind the scenes orchestrating what has now become the 2nd True Nature EP, Feels LIke Centuries.

An historic gathering of music legends banded together for the first time around True Nature's latest unrecorded songs: Bassist Tony Levin (John Lennon, Peter Gabriel), Drummer/Producer Aaron Comess (founding member of The Spin Doctors), and Guitarist Gerry Leonard (David Bowie, Rufus Wainwright), left deep foot prints while contributing to True Nature's emerging presence.

Barlow, a onetime recipient of NYU’s prestigious Composer of The Year Award has held steadfast, "...a vision for all that True Nature can achieve. Recording with such rarified musicians really woke things up. My music was being realized very quickly, and just like I'd always wanted it to sound."

Between the 1st & 2nd sessions held four months apart at the recently deceased, historic Flymax Studios in Woodstock, NY—Levin had been on the road with Peter Gabriel, & Leonard toured with Rufus Wainright; in the interim—Barlow was, "...uncontrollably & uniquely inspired to write new songs. We were creating a modern sound with an emphasis on timeless rock."

Barlow was next in position to entice Visionary Rock Artist Glen Wexler, known for his photo realistic 'Improbable realities,' to create exclusive album art adapted from the title, Feels Like Centuries.

“Glen has the gift of envisioning cinematic-like scenes. The Shamanistic, 'Un-Programmed Human’ that Glen created for us, powerfully embodies the unique call to consciousness amidst our troubled modernity that True Nature songs cry out for."

Barlow believes that one of Wexler's panels is, "The most uniquely provocative, wisdom image statement surrounding 9/11 that I've seen since that time. And I lived here in New York un-healthily close to the site where America was powerfully shaken from our excessive slumber."

Each of the five songs on the EP conveys powerful emotions around compelling narrative augmenting Barlow's vocals that range from strong, male rock leads to vulnerable, haunting & intimate moods.

The percussive and anthemic - “Truth I Have To Steel” contains the EP's title phrase "Feels Like Centuries." Uplifting in its tone, "Truth I Have To Steel" is a personal yet socio-political piece about the frustrations of feeling like everything and everyone around you can not or simply will not face the truth. "Feels like I'm the one. The only one who wants to know here," captures the songs essence.

The crisp and edgy - “The Color of Daylight” is a strong, personal reflection of the reality that the singer can’t hide from himself. The choruses culminate into a “panic” feeling as if daylight has intruded into his long-time hiding place. Like many of Barlow’s songs it’s somewhat of an epic journey, but in this case, the bridge delves into the realm of quantum physics.

The powerful, hypnotic rocker - “My Freedom Lies Behind The Sun” is a song that Barlow says is the angriest tune he’s ever written, about staring down the enemy in a world that is no longer safe; the real freedom lies in hard won spiritual perspective.

The graceful, heartfelt acoustic ballad - “Woman,” the title adapted from the classic John Lennon 'Double Fantasy' song that Levin once played on; “Woman” is about the ultimate healing powers of the feminine that touches on an inner strength to stay positive behind typical male reasoning.

The world beat, ethereal pop - “Too Close To See Who We Are” at first appears like a breakup song—but it’s actually a striking reflection of human behavior and emotion; the idea of being so caught up in our own heads & dramas' that we don't "see" or "feel" in touch with our own true nature.

The serendipitously fortunate, creatively powerful all-star sessions that have now become True Nature’s second EP, Feels Like Centuries boasts a sound that’s all at once familiar yet offers maturity, depth and development--a classic vibe yet is also modern, cutting edge and future seeking.


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Neu Futur Magazine

True Nature - Feels Like Centuries (CD)
Posted by James on January 14th, 2009 -www.NeuFutur.com

“The Color of Daylight” is the first track that I heard by True Nature. The vocals present are a hybrid of individuals like Bryan Adams, Stephen Curtis Chapman, and Chris Isaak. The laid-back approach taken by the instruments allow these vocals to be as smooth and as gentle as a Jack Johnson song, kicking in only to give the track a little grit. The blend of country, alternative rock, and pop make True Nature’s effort on “Feels Like Centuries” something that is completely new, something that has not been heard before. Even if they are coming out of a musical left field, the talent present in the work of each member of the band is enough that I could easily see any of the tracks from “Feels Like Centuries” make it onto a major radio station’s rotation list.

The one act that I do see some common ground with True Nature in would have to be U2: the eclecticism present on “Feels Like Centuries” is cut from the same cloth as “Zoo”-era U2. “Truth I Have To Steel” builds up a pretty rocking set of instrumentation before Lou’s vocals kick in. While still a major part of “Truth”, the instrumentation fades back into the background, creating a back and forth between the vocal and instrumental sides of True Nature that makes for the best possible type of music. True Nature may have tracks that would easily make it onto radio rotation, but there is a little more of a heady element present during the runtime of “Feels Like Centuries”.

There is a more enlightened, more spiritual element that listeners will pick up on that is present seemingly on all tracks during the album, ensuring that there is something powerful, something staying that fans can thus pick up. Where most music does not have any meaning or overarching message, what True Nature does here is give hope and joy to listener s that have undoubtedly been burned out by the angry and vengeful music for the last twenty years. If you want solid music that will leave you happy and ready to face the world, make a trip to a good independent record shop and purchase “Feels Like Centuries”, whenever it may be available.

Top Tracks: My Freedom Lies Behind The Sun, Truth I Have To Steel

Rating: 8.4/10