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Still Feel

2018 song

2018 single by Half Alive

"Still Feel" (stylized as still feel.) is a song by American band Half Alive. It was released on August 3, 2018 as the first single from their debut album, Now, Not Yet (2019). It was written by all three members of the band alongside Emiko Bankson, James Krausse, and Rachel Kramer, while production was handled by Eric Palmquist. "Still Feel" was described as an indie-funk, pop and funk-pop song with elements of jazz and electronic flourishes. Written after the dissolution of the lead singer's high school band, it describes "the theme of hope inside hopelessness and finding purpose and passion despite feeling unrooted" using space imagery.

The song has received critical acclaim and was the band's breakout single: it became their first to chart in the United States, securing a decent placement on the Hot Rock Songs chart and reaching the top 10 of the Alternative Songs chart. Its choreographed music video shot at Popsicle LA also received high praise and garnered audience attention on YouTube, bringing the band to RCA Records' attention and resulting with the band signing a record deal with them. The band have performed the song live on several occasions, notably on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. "Still Feel" was certified Gold by the RIAA in 2021 for selling over 500,000 units in the United States.

Background and development[edit]

In November 2015, Josh Taylor announced that he had embarked on a songwriting program several months prior, during which he hoped to improve his songwriting by writing 50 songs in seven months.[1] Around this time, Taylor "felt very floaty because [he] had been losing roots in certain areas of [his] life," the band he had been in since high school having disbanded.[2] Over the course of the project, he began sharing studio time with drummer Brett Kramer, who Taylor knew from the non-denominational church they both frequented. They eventually decided to form a new band called "Half Alive" together while "watching the songs evolve as [they] were working together."[3]

"Still Feel" was the eleventh song off the project, but Taylor continued to work on it after its end. In an interview with Genius, Taylor stated that "it wasn't until the next year when [he] was in Nepal" with his cousin that he "took a deeper dive into all those feelings I had been having and then expanding on those." Production wise, the song began with an aggressive baseline that Kramer brought into the a songwriting session. Although it was not included, it "took [the band] in different directions," resulting in the chorus and pre-chorus.[2] The band also wrote the song with the intention of making it unattractive for radio stations, consequently making "certain parts longer and [having] the ending fade out."[4] The last part of the song to be written was the bridge; the band was stuck in traffic on the way to the recording studio, inspiring Taylor to write about feeling of being "lost in the in-between."[2]

Composition and lyrics[edit]

"Still Feel" was written by all three members of the band, Taylot, Kramer and J Tyler Johnson, alongside Emiko Bankson, James Krausse and Rachel Kramer, while production was handled by Eric Palmquist.[5] It is a jazz-infused[6]indie-funk,[7]pop[8] and funk-pop[9] song that features additional electronic flourishes.[10] Mick Jacobs of Spectrum Culture noted Taylor's "staccato'd tenor" and described the track as "an intersection of Two Door Cinema Club, big band funk and Alex Clare's "Too Close"."[10]Triple J music news producer Al Newstead highlighted the transitions from "smooth verses to a grittier, synth-ier chorus" as well as the hook's additional horns and "full-blown disco burn-out" at the end of the song.[7]

The song centers around "the theme of hope inside hopelessness and finding purpose and passion despite feeling unrooted,"[11] described through the metaphor of "an astronaut drifting through outer space and hitting the atmosphere."[12] In one line appears the words "sleepy womb" (a suggested title for the track), which was inspired by a scene in the 2013 film Gravity where "Sandra Bullock is floating and it looks like a womb when she is just there and exhausted." Kramer, in the Genius interview, explained that in the chorus the band tried to "create this massive image of somebody collapsing into the atmosphere" through the use of metaphors; later on, Taylor stated that the outro featured two voices in contradiction, one despairing, the other insisting that "it's not hopeless," with the latter one eventually "winning."[2]

Reception[edit]

"Still Feel" was met with critical acclaim.[6]Alternative Press described the song as a "banger," describing it as "irresistible, entertaining and as groovy as can be. "[13] Robin Hilton and Bob Boilen included it on NPR's "All Songs Considered" list,[14] while Gab Ginsberg and Jason Lipshutz of Billboard listed it as one of "20 cool pop songs for your summer 2019 playlist".[8] Newstead included it on Triple J's "Best New Music" list, hailing it as "instantly addictive" and praised its production.[7]Gigwise journalist Julia Hope named it the band's best song thus far and a "feel-good, soulful anthem;" she also opined that its lyrics "seem to deliver a deeper meaning" upon further listening and called it "addictive from start to finish."[15] Lucy Mapstone of the Belfast Telegraph expressed similar sentiments: she called it "infectiously upbeat" as well as "easily the best offering" on its parent album Now, Not Yet, further praising it as a "a jazzy-sounding song with an over-exuberant feel and layers upon layers of musical fun."[6] Jacobs considered that it "exemplifies the group's exciting draws" and expressed pleasure that it "rightfully gained traction in late 2018."[10] The track was the band's breakout single and first to chart in the United States, reaching number 7 on the Alternative Songs chart and at number 21 on Hot Rock Songs chart in July 2019.[16][17]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Still Feel", shared upon the single's release date, was directed by Taylor, who had done so for all of the band's videos thus far, and choreographed by JA Collective, specifically Jordan Johnson and Aidan Carberry.[13][11][18] Shot at Popsicle LA, it features the band performing choreography to the song in a large room illuminated by LED ceiling tiles.[14] Speaking to OC Weekly, Taylor revealed that it was they were allowed twelve hours at the location to shoot the video, having rehearsed for seven non-consecutive days for two weeks. He added that the video for the band's previous single, "Aawake at Night", catalysed the concept for the one for "Still Feel" since it "made [him] feel comfortable enough to try doing the entire next video with dance in mind."[18] Upon its release, Kramer stated that the band members "actually found [themselves] engaging with the song in a more meaningful way" while learning the choreography since "learning syncopated dance moves on the bridge actually ended up making the parts easier to play on [their] instruments."[11]

Reception[edit]

The music video for "Still Feel" was acclaimed, earning praise for its dance choreography.[17]Alternative Press considered it "an incredible dance number," further lauding its cinematography and "perfectly synched body movements." Newtead dubbed it "a stunner,"[7] while Hilton and Boilen called it "remakable."[14] Ginsberg and Lipshutz described it as "impressively-choreographed" and a "must-watch."[8]Monocle opined that it was "cheeky co-ordinated choreography at its best."[19] The video also gained a favorable audience reception, gaining traction on video sharing site YouTube, and led to the band signing a major label deal with RCA Records.[20] JA Collective have since become the band's choreographers and accompany them on tour.[21][7][22]

Live performances[edit]

Half Alive made their late night television debut on March 14, 2019 with a choreographed performance of "Still Feel" with JA Collective on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. It was praised by publications including Billboard and Rolling Stone, the former considering it "show-stopping" and the latter calling it "cleverly choreographed."[9][23] In August of that year, the band also performed the song with choreography at Lollapalooza,[24] the ALT Summer Camp[25] and a Tiny Desk concert for NPR.[26]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[5]

  • Eric Palmquist – producer, engineer, programmer, keyboards
  • Josh Taylor – songwriter, lead vocals
  • Brett Kramer – songwriter, drums
  • J Tyler Johnson – songwriter, bass
  • Emiko Bankson – songwriter, strings
  • James Krausse – songwriter, mastering engineer, mixing engineer
  • Rachel Kramer – songwriter
  • Taylor Covey – horn
  • Vinney Dawson – horn

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Year-end charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^Josh Taylor (November 18, 2015), 50 Songs in 7 Months, retrieved November 12, 2019 – via YouTube
  2. ^ abcd"half•alive – still feel. Lyrics". Genius. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  3. ^ALT 98.7 FM. "half•alive On How The Band Started, The Meaning Of Their Name, 'Still Feel' & More". Retrieved November 12, 2019 – via YouTube.
  4. ^Diffus. "Half Alive about 50 Song Challenge, "Still Feel" & Inspirations". Retrieved November 12, 2019 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ ab"Now, Not Yet / half·alive – Tidal". Tidal. Retrieved November 12, 2019.Note: Access the 'Credits' button.
  6. ^ abc"Albums of the week: From Slipknot to Feeder". Belfast Telegraph. August 9, 2019. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  7. ^ abcdeNewstead, Al (December 10, 2018). "Best New Music: Chance, Sampa, half·alive, Crooked Colours, Fergus James". ABC. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  8. ^ abcGinsberg, Gab; Lipshutz, Jason (May 22, 2019). "20 Cool Pop Songs For Your Summer 2019 Playlist". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  9. ^ abAcevedo, Angelica (March 15, 2019). "Half Alive Give Debut TV Performance Of 'Still Feel' On 'Kimmel,' Announce Global Tour". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  10. ^ abcJacobs, Mick (September 16, 2019). "half•alive: Now, Not Yet". Spectrum Culture. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  11. ^ abcJamieson, Brii (August 3, 2018). "Introducing: half•alive- Check Out Their Brand New Video". Rock Sound. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  12. ^Hiller, Nora (March 25, 2019). "YouTube As A Driving Force: How half•alive Beat The Algorithm". NBHAP. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  13. ^ ab"Watch indie newcomers half•alive nail this incredible choreography in one take". Alternative Press. August 3, 2018. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  14. ^ abcHilton, Robin; Boilen, Bob (September 11, 2018). "New Mix: Thom Yorke, Sylvan Esso, Buke & Gase, More". NPR. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  15. ^Hope, Julia (August 12, 2019). "Album Review: Half Alive – Now, Not Yet". Gigwise. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  16. ^Zellner, Xander (August 21, 2019). "K-Pop Group X1 Excels On Emerging Artists Chart, Despite Not Having Released Any Music Yet". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  17. ^ abMonger, James Christopher. "Half Alive Artist Biography by James Christopher Monger". AllMusic. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  18. ^ abVillasenor, Yvonne (February 5, 2018). "Half•alive Make Feel Good Music for the Soul". OC Weekly. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  19. ^"Saturday 10 August 2019 – The Monocle Minute". Monocle. August 10, 2019. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  20. ^Homewood, Ben (August 7, 2019). "Making Waves: Half Alive". Music Week. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  21. ^Hope, Julia (September 2, 2019). "'We try to create genre fluid moments in our music': Half Alive interviewed". Gigwise. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  22. ^Thompson, Kasey (August 22, 2019). "half•alive talk friendship, songwriting and onstage injuries while in Australia". Don't Bore Us. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  23. ^Blistein, Jon (March 15, 2019). "Watch Half Alive's Mesmeric Late-Night Debut on 'Kimmel'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  24. ^Weatherby, Taylor (August 2, 2019). "Lollapalooza Day 1: The Chainsmokers Come Full Circle, Normani Holds Her Own & 9 More Best Moments". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  25. ^Savage, December (August 5, 2019). "All the Highlights From ALT Summer Camp 2019". iHeartRadio. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  26. ^Hilton, Robin (August 12, 2019). "half•alive: Tiny Desk Concert". NPR. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  27. ^"Half Alive Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  28. ^"Half Alive Chart History (Hot Rock & Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  29. ^"Half Alive Chart History (Rock Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  30. ^"Alternative Songs – Year-End 2019". Billboard. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  31. ^"Hot Rock Songs – Year-End 2019". Billboard. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  32. ^"American single certifications – Half·Alive – Still Feel". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 26, 2021.
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You barely left me with the air to breathe You took it all and now I see The truth, see through your plastic covered lies I'm driving through Mulholland Wish I swerved and never fall in Should've seen right through the gap between her thighs Take my heart, my clothes Take everything I own Spend my money, spend my time Lay me down to rest, lay me down to die No one makes it out alive I'm at the bar downtown The one we used to go to all the time (time) Already half way dead, the way you left me Girl, I'm half alive Yeah, I'm half alive And about that night And about that night I was super drunk I was hella high I'm at the bar downtown The one we used to go to all the time And I'm half alive A little bit longer, I'll be waiting I'm a goner, f*ck this fake shit Why you let me down forever? I wanna be honest Girl, quit playin' Can we try and try and save this? Turn me to a loner Girl, you can take my heart, my clothes Take everything I own Spend my money, spend my time Lay me down to rest, lay me down to die No one makes it out alive I'm at the bar downtown The one we used to go to all the time (time) Already half way dead, the way you left me Girl, I'm half alive Yeah, I'm half alive And about that night And about that night I was super drunk I was hella high I'm at the bar downtown The one we used to go to all the time And I'm half alive Half way dead, just the way you left me I'll be half way dead, just the way you left me I'll be half way dead, just the way you left me I'll be half way dead I'm at the bar downtown The one we used to go to all the time (time) Already half way dead, the way you left me Girl, I'm half alive Yeah, I'm half alive And about that night And about that night I was super drunk I was hella high I'm at the bar downtown The one we used to go to all the time And I'm half alive

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Half Alive have once again shattered our expectations when it comes to both songs and videos. The Long Beach trio (Josh Taylor, Brett Kramer, and J. Tyler Johnson) had big shoes to fill when it came to crafting a follow up for their debut album, Now, Not Yet. However, the boys knocked it out of the park with “What’s Wrong” and introspective yet upbeat single. The track addresses the stress of wanting to solve all the world’s problems. Yet realizing, that sometimes the best place to start is to change within. It’s a heartfelt and honest message. But, it is still infused with the danceable indie pop beat Half Alive is known for.

Lyrics are a big strong suit for the band and “What’s Wrong” is no exception. The core message of the song in the chorus is: “the time’s always right to fix what’s wrong.” Which seems simple, but can be hard to confront. Facing your challenges head on and addressing your inner problems is a lot to come to terms with. Half Alive vocalizes how chaotic the current world climate it, yet still manages to push some positivity into it.

Production-wise, “What’s Wrong” is clean and fun. Taylor, Kramer, and Johnson worked with production duo @OjiVolta on the track. Having @OjiVolta’s perspective adds another layer of energy to the track. Long time listeners can tell that the single is smooth and builds on what worked on the band’s previous album. It’s softer to help Josh’s vocals stand out, but still has a beat that makes us (and Half Alive) want to dance.

Lastly, we can’t talk about a Half Alive track without discussing the music video. If you know you know. If you don’t, well you’re in for a treat. Besides glorious songs, Half Alive is known for their funky music videos with cutting edge choreography. Every step and hand motion is perfectly planned. The “What’s Wrong” video takes place in a retro home with dim lighting and the boys in suits. It follows Josh as he moves from room to room surrealistically depicting what seems like a panic attack. When he moves into rooms where the other band members are, we get some crazy dance sequences. So basically, you have to see it with your own eyes.

Well, if Half Alive does not need to be scared of the sophomore slump. “What’s Wrong” is realistic, heartfelt, but still doesn’t take itself too seriously. With another incredibly choreographed music video, it’s easy to see that the band holds themselves to a high standard. They are starting off album two with a bang and we are eager to see where it goes from here.

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"Half Alive" lyrics

Secondhand Serenade Lyrics

"Half Alive"

It's four AM, I'm waking up to your perfume
Don't get up, I'll get through on my own
I don't know if I'm home
Or if I lost the way into your room
I'm spiraling into my doom
I'm feeling half alive but I know one day
You and I will be free,

To live and die by our own rules,
Free..
Despite the fact that men are fools.

I'm almost alive, and I need you to try
And save me.
It's okay that we're dying,
But I need to survive tonight, tonight.

Well excuse me while I get killed softly,
Heart slows down and I can hardly tell you I'm okay
At least 'til yesterday,
You know you got me off my highest guard,
Believe me when I say it's hard.
We'll get through this tonight
And I know one day you and I will be free

To live and die by our own rules,
Free..
Despite the fact that men are fools.

I'm almost alive, and I need you to try
And save me.
It's okay that we're dying,
But I need to survive tonight, tonight.

And you touch my hand ever so slightly
(Girl we're not ready for this yet)
And the deadly look she cast upon me
I won't regret, I won't regret
I won't regret. I won't regret...

And I was trying to disappear,
But you got me wrapped around you
I can hardly breathe without you
I was trying to disappear
But I got lost in your eyes now,
You brought me down to size now.

I'm almost alive
And I need you to try and save me.
It's okay that we're dying
But I need to survive tonight, tonight
Tonight...

I'm almost alive, and I need you to try
And save me.
It's okay that we're dying,
But I need to survive tonight, tonight.
I need to survive tonight, tonight



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Half Alive

Ekulu

Living life half alive
Can't even sleep
Monday through monday...
It was stuck on repeat
Still get tangled - crawl back to your center
All those dreams can't be erased...
My only escape

Dying just a little inside
Needed just a little more time
Pushed right out of bed
Sick of living life half alive
Dying just a little inside
Needed just a little more time
Just to be whole again

Where's the inspiration?
All we wanted was to figure this out
What gets you up in the morning?
Was it the smell of your doubt?

Dying just a little inside
Needed just a little more time
Pushed right out of bed
Sick of living life half alive
Where's the inspiration?
All we wanted was to figure this out
What gets you up in the morning?
Was it the smell of your doubt?

[Where's the sense of balance? - lost in the element
[Where's the sense of balance? - and where it all went]

Let down by those flawed heroes
Swallowed by my self-doubt
Or will you walk on by?
Will you want to be one of them?
[I can't decide...]

Where's the inspiration?
All we wanted was to figure this out
What gets you up in the morning?
Was it the smell of your doubt?

Let down by those flawed heroes
When will it ever end?

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