HEERO – Return My Secret

Secret Option 4

The idea of a powerful, all knowing, all seeing omnipresent force has historically been reserved for the likes of deities, Gods, controlling governments, conspiracy theorist, Orwell books and all your other favorite science fiction perils. These days however, what was once feared and frowned upon is not only willingly accepted but also willingly participated in.

In 1984, Big Brother forced itself everywhere through telescreens. If you haven’t read the book those are these camera-like devices that keep citizens under constant surveillance in order to give the ruling power knowledge of peoples every move, thought and feeling. They’re everywhere and you can’t escape them. These days we check in with Foursquare when we get a sandwich, tweet our thoughts and feelings, post images of our most intimate moments on Facebook, send emails about everything and willingly carry around palm size devices that make it all possible. In the not so distant future we’ll be wearing glasses (Project Glass) that among many things captures a first person view of everything we do. If this were a sci-fi film it would be the best ever, Orwell couldn’t have thought this one up in a million years. The old saying is that art imitates reality but is it possible for reality to imitate art? Can the concepts we dream up have an affect on the reality we create? That’s another post all together…

Back to the lecture at hand…

I heard HEERO’s Return My Secret and the title immediately got me thinking, are secrets gone? Throughout history cultural advances kill off certain concepts and natural evolution causes the world moves to new paradigms of thought and behavior. Are the concepts of mystery and secrecy outdated and on the brink of extinction? There’s a desperation and powerful melancholy in this track that suggest they are. To me that’s a good thing, much wrong has come from the shadows and in my mind secrecy is nothing but a form of insecurity that allows people to hide from the liberating truth. But I don’t think those are the type of secrets HEERO is referring to. I think Return My Secrets is about the freedom of thought. Think about it, if you write an email Googles algorithms, right or wrong, are trying to translate that into selling you something, if you watch a movie on Netflix it’s suggestion engines are analyzing your taste, Pandora thinks it knows the next song you want to hear etc. For the record, these programs aren’t getting worse at these task. So it seems the secret HEERO longs to regain isn’t your basic insecurity but rather his own being which in these times is being analyzed and surveilled at every waking moment.

We’ve only heard two tracks from these guys but there seems to be a rebellious undertone to the music. The type of vibe that makes you think and want to cause havoc at the same time, my kind of music, enjoy.



HEERO – Out of Touch

What’s the difference between music that stands the test of time and some of the microwave stuff that comes and goes these days? I just read a pundit say great art is akin to capturing lightning in a bottle.  That’s a powerful statement and to me it means that great art is a perspicuous medium for explaining depth. It’s why you can look at a painting and feel like there’s a richness of meaning to it without knowing what the artist was feeling or trying to really portray.

What’s interesting is that a moment can be inspired by years of good or bad events that build up and get expressed in that work of art. I’ve been listening to this HEERO record all morning trying to understand why it’s sole but loaded lyric makes me think of so much and that’s why…

When did we get so out of touch?”

That’s not a question you ask someone on the first date, that implies history. Whether it’s not seeing eye to eye with a lover, losing track of yourself or not connecting with your peers, the thrill is gone and for whatever reason what you had is over. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the disconnect is bad, often you have to part with something to get to what’s next. I don’t know about you but I’m in constant change 24/7, if I saw an old friend today and he said you haven’t changed a bit I would be insulted…

Ni$%@s look at you strange they say you changed, like you worked that hard to stay the same…” – Jay-Z

The youthful mind is always curious, always looking for something to explore, for that new experience and thus is always in touch with whats happening. The older we get, the more we know, the more we’ve been through and for some people that translates into knowing everything. But the second you start thinking like that, the moment you try to control everything is exactly when you lose touch. Our minds are limitless, and defense mechanisms of that nature are nothing less that basic and lazy.

HEERO’s Out of Touch is a powerful cry against this feeling. The lyrics serve as a mournful admittance of the problem while the beat is a thunderous protest against it. I think of the times in my life when I’ve been out of touch and the thought itself is lightning in a bottle, I love it when music captures that.

When did we get so out of touch?

If you’re not careful that’s a question you could spend your whole life answering. Can’t play this loud enough, enjoy.