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Falling, Falling

by Book of Colors

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“Falling, Falling” is a song about harnessing the power of love and unity to triumph in the face of overwhelming uncertainty, even if you’ve already given up all hope. It’s a message that’s especially relevant today, which is why Book of Colors has decided to release it as a free digital download for your election day soundtrack.

In stark contrast to the orchestral arrangements of their self-titled debut album, this track features a crunchy mix of reverb-heavy guitars, synthesizers, and psychedelic flourishes over what is essentially a melody-driven pop song. Plus it’s also catchy enough to have you singing along and dancing your way through the day, which serves as a nice alternative to spending the next 24-72 hours staring at the news and hyperventilating.

The theme of triumph over tragedy is woven into every aspect of this song, including its creation story. A few days before the final mixing session at studilaroche in Atlanta, GA, their producer Ben Price was involved in a traumatic bicycle accident that nearly claimed his life, and his doctors said he would never walk again. Price was determined to prove them wrong, though—and against all odds, he succeeded. Almost exactly one year later, he was standing in the doorway of his studio once again, greeting the band as they arrived to put the finishing touches on “Falling, Falling.”

Less than a week later, the main creative force behind Book of Colors, André Paraguassu, relocated to Portland, OR. After acquiring a new lineup of musicians and joining Spirit House Records, he decided that the music video should be about his blossoming friendship with Book of Colors’ new multi-instrumentalist Megan Freshley. So the two of them booked a string of shows in California and hit the road, using Freshley’s iPhone to film each other dancing, giggling, and performing their way across the state. Unfortunately, they were unknowingly creating a visual diary of their last moments of triumph before another wave of tragedies struck, including the death of several close friends as well as the global pandemic.

“The creation of this song and music video has been the raft that’s carried me through this whole ordeal. Even on my darkest days, it’s kept me going by reminding me of what it is that I’m fighting for, and what kind of world we’re working to build. And even if we never win, it’s all still worth it. These moments of hope, laughter, and love are worth it.”

lyrics

Old failing form
cut your hair
God it’s cold
no, don’t call it fate

low blow, even so
no way, it’s much too late
falling, falling down below

Grown, barely though
seen you out
caked in gold
no, don’t crawl away

low blow, even so
no way, it’s much too late
falling, falling far below
reaching out for something to

hold--------- ooohhhh--------- (x2)

(solo)

Old saintly glow
make your way
wash your clothes
no, don’t calmly wait

low blow, even so
no way, it’s much too late
falling, falling, but not alone
reaching out for someone to

hold--------- ooohhhh--------- (x4)

credits

released November 3, 2020
Falling, Falling Written, arranged, and produced by André Paraguassu
Engineered and co-produced by Ben Price
at studilaroche in Atlanta, Ga.
Mastered by Joe Lambert.
André Paraguassu - vocals, guitars, synths, organ, percussion
Hilary Kelley - vocals
David Oliver - vocals, keyboard
Skyler Ross - bass
Eric Balint - vibraphone, percussion
Bill Sommer - drums
*with the exception of collaborative decisions, all listed musicians wrote their own parts for their instruments*
Special thanks to Brock Scott and everyone else who has supported us along the way
Copyright © Spirit House Records 2020. All rights reserved.

Falling, Falling Music Video by André Paraguassu and Megan Freshley

Filmed by Megan and André (and a few friends in the audience who recorded us when we were on stage) on Megan’s iphone in Portland, Oregon and throughout California while we were on tour.

Edited by André (with much help and consulting by Megan, Robert Paraguassu, and Brock Scott)

Special thanks to Mississippi Studios in Portland, The Golden Bull in Oakland, Furstworld in Joshua Tree, Shankari Linda Barrera, Jessica Babcock, Tamryn Storm Hawker, Henry Wolfe, Megan Hutch, Coco Odyssey, Candice Isphording, Grayson Fiske, Susan Lucia, Johanna Warren (and the whole Spirit House community), Dry High Diva, Swerve, and Son of the Velvet Rat.

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Book of Colors Portland, Oregon

Book of Colors is a band that constantly skirts the edge between torn-open soulfulness and delicate restraint. Their melodies are dreamy and hypnotic, and lead singer André Paraguassu’s distinctively warm, crooning voice carries them with an easygoing authority that recalls singers from the big band era. ... more

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