Free & Easy

by Lovespirals

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Lovespirals’ 2005 sophomore release, 'Free & Easy,' fuses Lum and Bee’s myriad musical interests into a satisfyingly smooth sound the band refer to as “Electro-Acoustic Pop.” While 'Windblown Kiss' cleverly disguised Lovespirals’ digital recording techniques with its focus on organic sounds and more traditional songwriting styles, 'Free & Easy' embraces the duo’s electronic origins, offering a balanced blend of elements from their earlier dance-oriented material as well as their Dream Pop offerings.

Every track on 'Free & Easy' has its own unique feel; the title track and album opener, “Free and Easy”, is laid back Morcheeba-esque Downtempo flavored with old-school R&B stylings, including melodious Rhodes piano and wah guitar. “Hand in Hand” takes an earlier Jazz-Step single, slows it down to a relaxed Liquid Funk pace, then builds it up with heartbreakingly sweet vocal harmonies, a light, jazzy mix of acoustic and electric guitars, and a smattering of saxophone by special guest musician, Doron Orenstein. “Deep in my Soul,” the funkiest of the bunch, is an upbeat Deep House track featuring soulful vocals and gritty wah work, ending on a spiritual note with soaring Hammond organ chords. The album takes another unexpected turn with, “Habitual”, whose sparse arrangement and hushed tone recalls some of the late 60’s, early 70’s music that inspires the band. Album closer, “Sandcastles”, further amplifies this retro rock influence in the form of an extended guitar jam breakdown and dramatic Gospel-style closing.

Throughout this 43-minute collection of electro-acoustic Downtempo, Deep House, and jazzy-yet-rock-infused Chill Out, Lovespirals traverse many genres while maintaining a recognizably dreamy, sensual vibe courtesy of the smooth, soulful guitar and Rhodes piano of Ryan Lum, enhanced by the seductive vocals and romantic lyrics of Anji Bee.

'Free & Easy' has had many songs licensed to TV and cable including "Trouble" on E!'s Gastineau Girls, MTV's Cribs, and VH1 All Access, "Deep in My Soul" on Oprah, MTV's My Supersweet 16, VH1's My Coolest Years, and E!'s Kimora: Life In The Fab Lane, and the title track on A&E's Gene Simmons Family Jewels.

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Editor’s Pick, CNET: Music Download: “Smooth grooves conjure comparisons to Everything But the Girl. Combining jazzy torch-song vocal stylings with modern trip-hop sounds and rhythms, Lovespirals craft an infectious and exotic down-tempo sound that you might hear playing in an upscale New York club or Parisian underground lounge.”

Matt Rowe of MusicTap wrote: "Lovespirals’ evolutionary path has brought it down the road from gothic shoegazer pop to hypnotically provocative jazz that is, at once, sexy, sultry, and dreamy. Anji Bee possesses a voice of honey, and a natural element that adds colour and flame to songs, exploring realms of intensities in varying degrees. With Ryan Lum adding stylish guitar and keyboards to permeate the silky fabric of the new album, the lover of jazz in all of its incarnations will be quite entranced."

Ned Raggett of All Music Guide wrote: "Lovespirals here are much more in the creative vein of an act like the Thievery Corporation instead of the Cocteau Twins. Lum’s interest in DJing and techno can readily be heard throughout. Bee’s singing is a perfect counterpoint, a blend of classic mid-century jazz- pop flow and a bit of ’60s cool in a French or Brazilian sense — some low-key scatting here, some warm, playful crooning there."

John Evanstan of “Pop Stops” for The Star wrote: "The Southern California duo of Ryan Lum and Anji Bee bring to mind the cool, sensual jazz of Sade [with] their downbeat, sultry late-night sound. Lum plays a sedate electric guitar and gently jazzy Rhodes piano to back up Bee as she croons and seduces at the microphone. It’s a deliciously soothing combination."

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released September 30, 2005

Music by Ryan Lum (BMI)
Lyrics and Vocals by Anji Bee (BMI)
Saxophone by Doron Orenstein on tracks 2 & 7
Cover Photo by Ryan Lum
Cover Design by Anji Bee
Band Photo by Matt Holm
Additional photos by Adam Michaud, Tome Wilson, and various friends and family. Thank you!

All songs written by, published, and copyright Anji Bee (BMI) and Ryan Lum (BMI). Recorded, mixed, produced, and mastered by Lovespirals at Chillcuts Studio.

Released by Chillcuts Digital www.chillcuts.com

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Lovespirals Los Angeles, California

Lovespirals are musician & producer Ryan Lum and vocalist & lyricist Anji Bee, who have been writing, recording & producing a variety of dreamy pop-infused indie music since 1999. The band have released 4 albums, 9 singles & EP, plus numerous compilation tracks, as well as the working together on the debut Anji Bee solo CD. Ryan & Anji also produce the popular YouTube show, Happy Healthy Vegan. ... more

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Track Name: Free and Easy
When everything seems hopeless
It’s you that gives me strength
To look inside and find
My inner fire

Getting to know myself
And how I feel in my heart
Learning to trust myself
Ain’t a bad place to start

And when I fear I’m drowning
You keep me afloat
You’re like my anchor baby
A rock to moor my boat

Getting to know myself
And how I feel in my heart
Learning to trust myself
Ain’t a bad place to start

Getting to know myself
And just what I wanna do
Learning to love myself
And I owe it all to you

We’re free, we’re free and easy
Taking it slow
We’re free and easy
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah…
Track Name: Hand in Hand
Here we are
Face to face
Heart to heart
Hand in hand

We will succeed
When the call of love we heed
Rising to new heights
On wings of love we’re taking flight

Hand in hand
Hand in hand

Here we are
Face to face
Heart to heart
Hand in hand

We have the strength of two
Now there’s nothing that we couldn’t do
We put our minds together
To create something that will last forever

Hand in hand
Hand in hand
Track Name: Deep In My Soul
Even when you’re gone
I feel you with me
Even when you’re gone
I feel you here
Though we are apart
I feel you with me
Though you may be far
I feel you near

I’m never alone
Cause I’ve got you
Deep in my soul
I’ll never be lonely
Cause with your love
I feel whole

When we first met I was a mess
Feeling so lonely
But you turned my whole world around
You set my spirit free

Once I was lost
Now I’m found
I’ve come into my own
Your loving presence healed my heart
Made my house a home

-chorus-

Even when you’re gone
I feel you with me
Even when you’re gone
I feel you here
Though we are apart
I feel you with me
Though you may be far
I feel you near

-chorus-

And I’ll never be blue
Never, never be blue
Never, never, never
Never be blue
(x2)
Track Name: Walk Away
I’ve felt the dizzy heights
Don’t wanna take the fall
Well, I’ve climbed and seen the sights
Just wanna take it all in
Then walk away

I’ve come close to the fire
Nearly burned my hands
I won’t be lifted higher
To be dropped to the sands
No

I’ll walk away
Find my own space
I’ll hide away
Til I feel safe again

(solo)

Maybe I’m acting scared
See, I been hurt before
And my old heart just ain’t prepared
To take a chance any more
No

I’ll walk away
Find my own space
I’ll hide away
‘Til I feel safe again

I’ll walk, I’ll walk away
Find my own space
I’ll hide away, til I feel safe again
I’ll walk, I’ll walk away
Ooh

I’ll walk away
Find my own space
Track Name: Habitual
Our words are made of nothing
Just currents of emptiness
Heart, mind and soul
Habitual

After laughter, our malaise
The constant of sleepwalking days
And nightmarish nights
Habitual

We talk to keep from talking (x2)
We’re free to express our opinions
But have we any to share
We talk to keep from talking (x2)
We may have conversations
But I’ve the feeling you don’t care
You’re not really there

Tragedy or comedy
Pseudo-drama you and me
And what of the end?
Habitual

Day into night we often seem
Somnambulstic, lost in dream
For we have become
Habitual

We talk to keep from talking (x2)
Keeping up pretenses
That things are as before
We talk to keep from talking (x2)
I see your lips are moving
But I don’t hear you anymore
Anymore… anymore

Why must things go on and on this way?
Shouldn’t we have something more to say?

We’ve grown habitual no, no, no
It’s just a ritual, habitual (repeat variants to end)
Track Name: Trouble
You catch my eye
It’s pretty clear what you are thinking
I don’t know why
But I can feel my stomach sinking

Though now we’re only friends
I sense what this is headed for
And just how it would end
That’s why I’m heading for the door
I said I’m headed for the door

I’m old enough to know better
Old enough to know better now
You’re trouble
You’re just trouble

You act so sweet
All of the girls think you’re just charming
They can’t defeat
A predator who’s so disarming

I think I see your game
I know full well what is in store
You’d treat me just the same
That’s why I’m heading for the door
I said I’m headed for the door

-chorus-

Trouble

Though I may seem naive
I’ve seen your kind before
So you better believe
That I’m a-heading for the door
You know I’m heading for the door

-chrous-

Trouble (x4)
You’re just trouble
I’m old enough to know better
Old enough to know better now
Old enough to know better
Trouble (x3)
Track Name: Abide
Some things abide
While others pass away
Like the ocean’s tide
That rise and falls each day

There’s things we keep
While some we give away
And others still are lost
Somewhere in the fray

Let it pass away (x4)

Some friends may go
While many others stay
And loves may die
To rise again some day

There’s fears we hold
And those we cast away
Like a worn out shoe
That we’ve outgrown in play

Let it pass away (x4)

Some things abide
While others pass away
Like the ocean’s tide
That rise and falls each day

Let it pass away (x4)

Let it pass away (x2)
Track Name: Love Survives
I’ve tried so many ways to tell you how I feel
You just won’t listen
Many times I’ve tried to explain how it hurts me so
You just don’t care, or so it seems

But even though its eating me alive I still smile
And even though its tearing me apart inside
I know I’ll stay another day
Love survives (x4)

I’ll just wait you out; I think you’ll come around
Can’t go on like this forever
In time I’ll make you see how much it means to me
Can’t keep on telling me “never”

So even though it’s eating me alive I still smile
And even if it’s tearing me apart inside
I know I’ll stay another day
Love survives (x4)

I still believe our love can conquer all
And I have faith you’ll see my view
Deep down inside I know that we’ll work it out
That’s why I’ll stick it out with you

So even though it’s eating me alive I still smile
And even if it’s tearing me apart inside
I know I’ll stay another day
Love survives (x8)
Track Name: Sandcastles
Come with me and we will fly
We’ll build sandcastles in the sky
Circling above so high
In heaven, where we belong

Dum, da da, da da, da da (x2)
Da da doo da

We’ll build sandcastles in the sky
We’ll build sandcastles in the sky
Never question how or why
Da, da da, da da, da, da

We’ve only one life to live
We’ve only one heart to give
So we must live our lives and loves
To the full else we’re a fool, fool

Dum, da da, da da, da da (x2)
Da da doo da

Build sandcastles in the sky
Build sandcastles in the sky
Never question how or why
Da doo, da doo, da doo da doo dow

We’ll build sandcastles in the sky
We’ll build sandcastles in the sky
Never question how or why

(repeat variants to fade)
Track Name: Sandcastles (2001 Demo) [Bonus Track]
Come with me and we will fly
We’ll build sandcastles in the sky
Circling above so high
In heaven, where we belong

Dum, da da, da da, da da (x2)
Da da doo da

We’ll build sandcastles in the sky
We’ll build sandcastles in the sky
Never question how or why
Da, da da, da da, da, da

We’ve only one life to live
We’ve only one heart to give
So we must live our lives and loves
To the full else we’re a fool, fool

Dum, da da, da da, da da (x2)
Da da doo da

Build sandcastles in the sky
Build sandcastles in the sky
Never question how or why
Da doo, da doo, da doo da doo dow

We’ll build sandcastles in the sky
We’ll build sandcastles in the sky
Never question how or why

(repeat variants to fade)

– Anji Bee (BMI)