UPDATE: For every dollar you spend on our music this September, we will donate a dollar to charity: water, a nonprofit bringing clean water to communities all over the world. That means if you pay 3 dollars to download our album or a song, 3 will go towards bringing clean water to locations in need around the world. You can also donate directly and to our charity: water campaign page at my.charitywater.org/racemates/strumming-for-running-water
and donate. Donating through our charity: water page will also entitle you to free Racemates merchandise such as a a sticker, a CD version of "Give Up? Look Up." or a song written about you. Every action counts!
About the album:
This is our first full length album, which has songs tied together by four-part vocal harmonies and classically-inspired instrumentation. Our influences include the balanced style of Coldplay, the folk-flavoured sound of Mumford and Sons, the complex vocal harmonies of Delta Rae, classically-inspired instrumentation of Muse, the atmospheres of Bon Iver, and the upbeat harmonies of Arcade Fire.
The title, “Give Up? Look Up.” and the artwork represent the moment in which things are the hardest, but finding hope through the support of friends and the small pleasures of the world. This album is about accepting vulnerability and opening oneself to others.
The first lyric in the album is “Look up, my friend, past the light at the end.” We tend to talk about lights at the ends of tunnels for those who are in trouble. Even if the light isn’t there yet, we can’t give up, we have to look forward anyway. Sometimes things don’t look like they will get better, and it is okay to pause and take your time. Getting to the end is difficult, but it’s not the end goal because we always have to keep going.
released April 20, 2015
All songs written and recorded by Racemates (Adhar Maheshwari, Ruici Ong, Elizabeth Onstwedder, and Julian Xie)
Marco Polo and Still Life feature Maryann Verghese and Spencer Woody
Artwork: Rebecca Lai, Elizabeth Onstwedder
Mixing: Elizabeth Onstwedder and Julian Xie
Mastering: Ken Volpe
Recorded at the Small Town Records studio
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