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Galperin, Peter: This Burning Sun

What makes you be you and me become me? Why are we the same? Why are we different? Why do we often want the same thing but find the completely opposite way to go about achieving it? Are ‘they’ always dumb and ‘we’ always the smart ones? Current mass-opinion, if you follow media-people, the commentators, the celebs on socials and, of course, the pop stars (if we even still have pop stars?), is dumb, it’s down and pretty damn stupid. Is every guy with a guitar a political genius, or just finding an alternative way to put food on the table that allows a tinted, tainted view?

While nations vote for what appear to be self defeating outcomes and dig ever deeper divides as they build even taller walls, so the onlookers shuffle around shaking their heads, mumbling and failing to understand what drives the desperate don’t haves into making indecipherable decisions when they’ve nothing to lose, because they are already lost. Change doesn’t come about by telling those seeking change that they are wrong, by ridiculing their desperation, or belittling their seemingly misguided plight. Change comes about by affecting change and engaging those needing it.

It’s easy to cast aspersions in this modern age where people shut themselves off as they believe that they are opening themselves up, convinced every word they read is true and building a thicker skin around their own opinion bubble. Surely they must be right if everyone inside the bubble agrees? Surely? They must be? Mustn’t they…?

Peter Galperin is an NYC based singer-songwriter taking a step back from it all to make insightful, humorous observations. Or indeed, misguided swipes against society, depending on where you come from, what you want and how you believe that is to be achieved. Social media? That has derision thrown its way. The search for spiritual redemption? Nah, we don’t need that. And we also turn a bright, searing, burning, earth churning light on global warming and climate change. Oh and, of course, Trump is front and centre. You knew he would be. How could he not?

Coated in an Americana-pop sheen, strummed, hummed and thrummed into place with choruses that velcro their way into the deep furry recesses of the mind, if these tracks were about girls, cars and tequila bars then they might be hits. And then, of course, they might not. But Galperin is taking chances by putting himself out there. Dare I say he’s writing protest songs that are devil may care enough not have their hearts in the 60s? It’s hook laden fun, it’s bold, breezy but never cheesy and it grins so brightly we could cut everyone’s fuel usage in half if only there was a way to listen to it without plugging a device into the wall. Crucially, This Burning Sun is from the heart, built with the sole intention to ask questions, change minds and spread the love. However, in this age, only the converted will hear the message, only the converted will care, only the converted won’t pour scorn on it all.

Do you want to rail against the big guy? Whether he be running a corporation, ruling over the downtrodden or ruining a country? Peter Galperin is here and he’s ready to show you how it’s done with the opinions you crave, while those that need to hear them will shrug and ask, why should I care? You don’t.

Track Listing
1. Normal To You
2. King of You and Me
3. I Been Told
4. On Higher Ground
5. Don't Look Back
6. Hey, What Can You Do
7. Lost Our Way
8. One More Smile

Added: July 31st 2018
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Peter Galpin online
Hits: 1644
Language: english

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