A performer, recording engineer, and producer based in Brampton, Canada, Trevor Heaslip recently released a new single entitled, “Empyrean,” under the moniker Breaking The Undertow. With music and lyrics written by Heaslip, the song “Empyrean” is like a mish-mash of pop-punk, emo, electronica, and alternative rock.
Breaking The Undertow – Empyrean
“I will breathe you in like oxygen
This hospital love helps me survive, keeps me alive
With you beside me I will thrive”
There is an aggravated vocal delivery in the verses, whereas the pre-chorus is more of a soft and languid melody. After the melancholy exasperation of the chorus we are left with the original guitar hook from the beginning, which eventually fades into the sound of a fainting pulse on a heart monitor that zeroes out. The listener can tell that the character within the song has ceased. Empyrean, by definition, means the highest heaven, supposed by the ancients to contain the pure element of fire. Heaslip uses references to a hospital, a heart monitor going flat, and phrases like “metastasized in my brain” to describe a metaphorical comparison between the physical dependence on love versus medicine, and how both can be the difference between keeping a person alive or not.
“Empyrean” is a dynamic song that bleeds into your ear holes with dynamic contrast and bright backing harmonies, increasing in energy as it goes. Breaking The Undertow captures all the feelings one would feel if they were physically dependent on a machine to live – frustration, desperation, love, and longing for life.
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