Heart Shaped Cliffs

She always used to say to me
"We will always be together"
I always used to fire back
"We are in for nasty weather"
It's out of control
And I think it's time we go
And even though she isn't here
She is always in the details
Somehow she thinks I never cared
And we were certain to fail her
It's out of control and I
Think it's time we go
There through the heart shaped cliffs
With only you to run and jump it with
There through the highs and lows we'll fly, home
She always used to say to me
"We we'll always be together"
Somehow she thinks I never cared
And we were certain to fail her
It's out of control and I
Think it's time we go
There through the heart shaped cliffs
With only you to run and jump it with
There through the highs and lows we'll fly home

  • Christopher Coats
  • Low Level Clouds
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  • Length:
    4 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 20, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Artist Biography

Low Level Clouds is the Honolulu, Hawai'i-based project of Christopher Coats who, with the help of friends, has completed his debut, self-titled full-length album, a record that mixes breezy 60s and 70s melodic pop with an indie-rock bite. The album will be released November 19th via CD and all streaming platforms worldwide.

"Gerardo Valez, a guru percussionist, told me, 'no one is doing this anymore,' but he said it in a way that made me feel he misses this pop-rock era I'm attempting to quote from. He was in the Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsy's, so I am beyond honored to have met him and see him take an interest in the project. He found insanely cool rhythms that no one else could ever come up with."

Another musician Coats is proud to have on Low Level Clouds is Bob Malone, "a master of the keyboards." He filled in all those areas that needed more orchestration. He plays in John Fogerty's band and recorded with Ringo Starr right after this project, so he's definitely a top tier musician."

Low Level Clouds is a deeply personal record for Coats, who doesn't shy away from telling stories in his lyrics, including the song "Heart Shaped Cliffs," about the ups and downs in relationships, singing "There through the heart shaped cliffs, with only you to run & jump it with" about his wife.

"My wife and I renovated our house once. I was working a lot on the house and had thrown out my back. In recovery, I was strumming my guitar while laying face up on the floor, because that was about all I could do, and just sort of came across the progression and melody first. It just captured the ups and downs of life & love for me.

The result is a record that mixes upbeat melodies with dark lyricism.

"I think that, usually, I feel like writing lyrics when I'm kind of down, as a distraction from whatever I'm dealing with. But the progressions and melodies come together when I'm hanging out with my guitar. I really appreciate juxtaposition as a concept in the visual arts so maybe that seeped into these songs a bit," he says with a laugh.

Originally a concept album that revolved around a news weather girl, once he began writing the lyrics, it took on a life of its own.

"She represented a lot of moving things: current issues in Hawaii, cultural changes, and even the sovereignty movement & sustainability issues. A lot of the lyrics are very cryptic; they don't make sense unless you know what it's about. But, at this point, that story line is ongoing and unfinished."

Low Level Clouds is ten tracks of thought-provoking songs that sound great if you're just enjoying the melodies but, much like an onion, have layers and layers once you start delving into the lyrics.

"Sometimes I don't know what the song is about until I am pretty far along. It takes awhile to hear it more objectively, but usually if I move on, then I know I'm done as I overlap a lot when writing. There are some lines that were actually filler lines at first, I meant to go back and improve them. But sometimes you just have to say it's done."

For any artist, saying "it's done" can be a tricky one when it comes to feeling complete enough. When do you know the song is done? When do you know the lyrics, harmonies and delivery all work well together? The ten tracks found within this self-titled debut are snapshots of where Coats got to when he could finally leave it to the next step. Having reached that ever-elusive "enough" state, he hands it off to you, the listener, with aloha and the hopes you will be the final completion, as that's the true wrap.

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Artist Statement

Heart Shaped Cliffs is a song about giving in to love. The first shot is a long one but it get's there!