One of the biggest lessons we can learn is to look through someone else’s lens, take a walk in their shoes, live a day in their life. To see life through someone else’s eyes is actually a common occurrence, through a camera. It is said that pictures are worth 1,000 words, letting us look at the world at an array of angles, in a different light. Film is placed at the point where the image is projected to, the shutter moves from in front of the film letting light hit it, causing chemical reactions that expose it. Crow Hardly’s new EP, “You Can’t Go Back From Here,” exposes the music maker in a new way, presenting a new picture, one which we all get a chance to not only see, but hear.
Crow Hardly, composed of Tim Napolitan on acoustic bass, brings a new entertainment image to the local scene. No, you didn’t read that wrong – Crow Hardly consists of one man and his acoustic bass, with occasional background vocals by Teila Scott. Last time I talked to Tim about music he said he wanted to “pursue it at a different angle,” which is exactly what he has done. An unconventional kind of composer, the Wheeling, West Virginian describes his music as Americana/Indie/Folk.
The EP is a collage of close-ups and confessions, both autobiographical and abstract. Like a lens that focuses rays of light to form a real image, Tim has taken his tool and found a focal point, capturing all kinds of concepts. He is not only letting us look through his lens, but sharing with us what he sees, giving voice to his vision. The bass sets the scene and the lyrics flash, frame by frame, within the seven songs.
In “Come Around” the picture portrays, “On broken legs you take a stand, look in the mirror at half a man.” In “In the Eyes of the Giants,” the image is also intense: “I was filling my arms on some heroin dreams, pissed away my youth on amphetamines…came down sober trying to make amends, but burnt my candle from both ends.” Once the shutter on a camera closes the film is advanced and an unexposed piece is ready for the next picture. The next click of the camera for Crow Hardly will be on his album release show, date and venue to be determined.