"Clarity" is my favorite song on the album. There's a beauty to the almost haunting synthesizer melodies and voices that reminds me of the hopeful nature of music I listened to in the '80s. But again the lyrics call out a moment of clarity in the darkness - "Cover up my eyes / The tint is dark / So no one sees their shit fall apart..."
And "As Seen On TV" compares life to what's on television and wondering if we've become jaded by all the violence. "Not death, life, birth, or pain / Can shock us now, we're all the same / And now, or then, we're jaded" they sing "It's the man with the gun pointed at my chest / A whispered threat under his breath and I know / It's just as seen on TV..." With another generation raised in front of the tube, can any of us be surprised or affected by the violence in the world? If it happens to us, do we see it as real or break it down mentally as though "this doesn't happen in real life, just on TV".
White Apple Tree not only creates great electronic-based music, but lyrics that make you think. Social commentary and music have always gone hand in hand. Is it enough that young bands like WAT try to inject their passion and observations of the world around them into their music? Velvet Mustache is an awesome mix of music and introspection I hope to hear again soon.
For lyrics and more details about the band, be sure to check out their website at WhiteAppleTree.com.