Pop-rock outfit Dry Ice and the Crescendos recently released their latest single, “Permanently,” from their forthcoming debut album, Heart and Soul. “Permanently” follows on the heels of the album’s first single, “Hole in My Heart.”
The session band of CL Turner, Dry Ice and the Crescendos includes touring professionals with Top 10 rock bands and others who have had multiple Top 40 hits. His producer has a Grammy and has worked with Coldplay.
Turner explains that “Permanently” is about “love, longing, and relationship anguish.” The song reveals the breakdown of a once sublime relationship that is descending into frustration, anger, and bitterness. The outcome seems inevitable.
CL Turner has played keys, by ear since he was 10. Since then, he has played in a variety of formats – solo, and as part of a small R&B outfit, Dry Ice, and often in formal church groups. About 10 years ago, he developed a songwriting talent, spurred by many life-changing circumstances.
His musical influences are diverse … from Post Malone to Earth Wind & Fire … from Bruno Mars to Green Day … from Ariana Grande to Aretha Franklin.
“Permanently” travels on mellow, low-slung guitars as evocative vocals imbue the lyrics with loving tones. As the rhythm enters, the tune elevates slightly, taking on resonant layers of luscious pop-rock surfaces.
Similar to the relationship, after a shimmering drop, the tune emerges on the other side drenched in heavy drums, waves of taut harmonics, a wailing guitar, and potent vocals.
“I asked for your help, support and your love, you said / I’m goin’ on vacation, but I’d help if I could. / You won’t sacrifice for any man again / Guess I have my answer, I know where you stand / I know where you stand / There’s no one / There’s no one else.”
Well structured, “Permanently” blends balladry, rock, and rap-lite into an alluring earworm of a song, full of splendid pop-rock energy.
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