So I did it. I took the leap and released my first album as a singer/songwriter and not just an instrumentalist or an electronic music producer. It’s called Force x Distance as it celebrates the intense pain of being separated from the one you love, and the ecstatic joys of being reunited.
When I was putting this together, it was way before the global pandemic hit. But now that we’re all here in isolated pockets, sometimes forced to distance ourselves even from those closest to us, it feels just like it did during the dark, sad days when I was geographically separated from my wife.
These songs helped me process the distance. May they bring the same comfort to you during these days of waiting and not knowing.
Where to Get the Album
Stream the album or get it as a digital download from Bandcamp.
Right now it’s at “name your price,” which means you can put $0.00 in the box and download it free. Or you can choose to pay whatever you feel it’s worth (though a suggested amount is $7.00)
What the Music is Like
File this under: acoustic pop, singer-songwriter, folk pop, world fusion, with heavy influences from 1980s new wave such as Tears for Fears, The Police, New Order, and Spandau Ballet.
The Album Description
Force x distance = work. This album captures the essence of long distance relationships: the self-isolation, the geographical quarantine, the yearning and not knowing, the celebration of finally meeting, and the work required to keep going. While the circumstances behind each song vary, most all of these songs were inspired by many painful periods of being apart from the woman who would become my wife, but also the hope of one day finally settling down.
All music, vocals, and lyrics by Lionel Zivan Valdellon, except for “Love is a Wonderful Thing” which had backup vocals by Zion, Cyrene, and Jericho Valdellon.
Cover photo by Matt Hardy on Pexels.
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