“Up Till Dawn” the latest track by CS Hellman, is an exhilarating track, brimming with energy and a sense of momentum. Its pop-rock essence, electrifyingly charged, shares similarities with renowned projects like War on Drugs and The Drums. The voice in this track stands out as the primary conduit, not only for the potent message it carries but also for its vibrant pop-rock sonority. Seamlessly blending a nostalgic and retro mystique with contemporary sound elements, it exudes a unique charm that’s both classic and modern. The song possesses a circular structure that is instantly catchy, making listeners hum along almost instinctively after just a couple of listens. A dynamic guitar work complements the song’s mood, accompanied by an exceptional drum beat that keeps the anticipation alive.
Delving into the inspiration behind this masterpiece, the song captures the emotional turmoil of a legal dispute with a contractor, someone the artist once considered a friend. Instead of a straightforward business disagreement, this track encapsulates a profound sense of betrayal and the financial and emotional distress it brought along. The haunting theme of “dancing with the devil and taking his lead” alludes to the duplicitous nature of such encounters, not just in the construction field but as a metaphor for any treacherous relationship. The nocturnal musings over a lawsuit, the restless nights, and the mental wrangling on the potential outcomes are poignantly depicted in the song’s narrative, making it not only a musical delight but also a lyrical gem.
About CS Hellman:
Nashville-based songwriter CS Hellmann, deeply influenced by alt-rock legends and the raw emotion of blues, crafts dark indie anthems that transmute intense feelings into uplifting energy. With his new single, “The Fear I Felt,” he reflects on his journey of self-doubt and the criticism he faced, including discouragement from family, to his determination to prove himself in the music world. Drawing inspiration from diverse artists ranging from Madonna and AC/DC to the wizardry of Hendrix and Cobain, CS’s musical odyssey began by listening to iconic bands during his childhood in Cincinnati. While he began with the piano, his passion gravitated towards the guitar in his teenage years. Despite early successes, including playing at SXSW and collaborating with renowned producer Jim Wirt, CS faced personal struggles, including battling bipolar depression, leading to a hiatus from music. It was the tragic loss of a friend and the inspiration from the Wilco documentary that reignited his songwriting spark, setting him on a renewed path of musical expression.