The music duo known as the W91 have released their latest official single, “The Sun Still Shines.” The single is the debut selection to be showcased from their upcoming record, the title and release date of which will be announced in the months to come. Tinted with the classy, stylish pop gloss of the 1960s, “The Sun Still Shines” is a track fans of any genre of music can get behind.
The W91 cite as main musical influences a broad swath of artists from various categories, including Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Elton John, Dire Straits, Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, Fabrizio de Andrè, and George Brassens. But music by the W91 is concerned with more than mere sound, their lyrics having inspirational roots in the poetry of Charles Baudelaire and Walt Whitman, as well as in the stories of Ernest Hemingway.
The tone and feel of the W91’s “The Sun Still Shines” is sure to please fans of contemporary bands such as Air and Phoenix, and especially aficionados preferring pop singers and songwriters of the twentieth century, like Astrud Gilberto, Francoise Hardy, and Serge Gainsbourg.
Music fans who appreciate pleasingly complex textures in themes, meanings and messages are perhaps most likely of all to find what they’re looking for in “The Sun Still Shines.”
Speaking of their creative aims with their music, the W91 write:
“The W91 is a duo born in 2006 to carry on the ‘Memories from ‘900’ project, an album on the tragedies of the last century, focusing on some historical episodes like D-day, witnessed through the eyes of men who were part of them. It took some years to define the stories; the stories are some kind of little novels, and all the particulars are real. We recorded even the seaside waves at Omaha Beach, Normandy, on an evening in Summer 2011.”
Half of the W91, Massimo, began his music career as a bassist in the 1990s before leaving pop music to play classical guitar for more than a decade.
“I played as classic guitarist in theatres [pieces such as] Antonio Vivaldi’s ‘Concert in D-Dur for guitar and Orchestra,’ and some of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Suites – 1001 and cello suites.”
The other half of the W91 is Jacqueline, who takes her name in memory of the beloved Jaqueline du Pre.
“I needed a voice from the past,” explains Massimo, “warm and sad at the same time, a voice able to live and love the stories while singing them, able to make each single word meaningful to the listener.”
Jacqueline’s clear, clarion, crystalline vocals stand out as one of the single’s chief charms. Alongside her remarkable singing, the singular studio production of the single is also noteworthy.
Massimo writes of this, “And then I needed a particular vintage sound: so I asked Simon Heyworth (Tubular Bells, King Crimson) to master the songs using only tapes, to have as analog a tone as possible.”
The following is a partial explanation of the core meaning of “The Sun Still Shines,” provided by the W91 themselves. “The Sun Still Shines” by the W91 is available online worldwide.
From Massimo of the W91: “’The Sun Still Shines’ is a phrase that Sophie Scholl, a member of the ‘White Rose’ said before she died, sentenced to death by Nazi regime at the age of 22, guilty of spreading information on the real conditions German soldiers were facing on the Russian front. This song is about the peaceful opposition to the regime.
“All this work carries one message: if we are able to remember and to bring our conscience deeply through the tragedy of the past, we can find the hope and the strength to build a better tomorrow, remembering the men who gave out their lives allowing this. The album has been written to leave a testimonial for the young generations, a message of peace and sharing of history as ‘magistra vitae’ [the teacher of life].”
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