The same holds true for the rockin' "California Clay," which keeps that honesty flowing. Love sometimes drives you to do crazy things for people, so I can identify with these lyrics: "It's not that I can't leave I just don't want to... / Don't need a leash. I'll stay easily. I'm putty in your hand." And its last image, of attraction between lovers — "Metal sheets and a lead pillow so are we bed magnets." — is sexy and sultry all at the same time. The sound of this one is much harder, with a rock beat and underlying electric guitar that pulls it all along.
From its opening strings, "Titanic" made me think completely of the film. And through analogy, this song tells the story of a relationship gone wrong. Like the movie, you can see the iceberg in the distance yet somehow can't change course: "Of the greatest disaster, that would ever be the greatest disaster - you and me." Guitars, strings, and reverb help tell the story of the end.
Push may represent a single, continuous flow from the fleeting beginnings of love to the bitter end of a relationship, as it shares such a journey through song. I hope we hear much more from Mariana Bell and that she once again shares her loves and losses with us in the future.
For more on Push, Bell's previous albums, and her tour schedule, be sure to check out her official website.