A heavy heart coupled to an elegant melody describes Michan’s “More Than Lies.” Delicately piano-driven and complimented with equally gentle vocal work, the 4:24 track exudes the solemnity of personal emotion. At times, perhaps reminiscent of Marianne Faithful’s “As Tears Go By,” “More Than Lies” is similarly sensitive but expresses additional regret. Nevertheless, Michan connects to music listeners through sincerity, generated by “More Than Lies.”
As “More Than Lies” cycles through piano chord patterns, lyrics reveal a kind of story that could prompt listeners to wonder if the song is based on fact, imagination, or maybe both. Nonetheless, Michan’s distinction brings the words to life; “So this time/I’m needing more than tales and alibis/So I hope you realize/It’ll take more than lies/This time.”
The arrangement, instrumentation and vocal performance are tightly tied together and have a way of conveying something beautiful yet flawed. Keep in mind that no extra bells and whistles are needed here. Just let the composition speak for itself, while Michan and the music do the rest. The narrative verse of “More Than Lies” tells a story, so enthusiasts can apply a contemporary pop ballad tag if needed.
Note the YouTube video for “More Than Lies,” published Aug. 31, 2019 on musician Chris Cornucci’s channel, was preceded by the song’s release on Soundcloud in July. Either way, “More Than Lies,” featuring Michan, is an independent music effort worthy of discovery. By the way, Michan also is a neuroscientist working in Japan.
Composition, lyrics – Chris Carnucci; Vocals – Kireina Michan; Arrangement and production – Johan Johansson.
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