Whispers of My Heart is the new album by Carly Thomas, aka Gypsy Butterfly. It includes 8 new songs, and 3 pop/dance remixes from previous records, giving the album a unique sonic and musical twist.
Fans will immediately recognize the signature Gypsy Butterfly sound throughout, yet there is a distinct blend of styles that sets this album apart from her previous records. Produced once again by frequent collaborator, Trance Blackman – who performed all the instruments and background vocals – Whispers of My Heart continues and expands on Carly’s musical, emotional, and spiritual journey.
The record opens with the inspirational “Believe”, previously released as a single. The song was revised slightly for this album. The rest follow with Carly’s personal, powerful moments, gleaned from soul searching, life experience, and the natural side effects of going deeply within. Spiritual insights, meaningful messages, and romantic reverence delicately infuse each song, carried on the ever-present theme and foundation of love.
Vibrations is an instrumental, eclectic blend of pop, dance & electronica, infused with euro, ambient, chillout & aggressive beats. Vibrations has somewhat of a cinematic flow if you listen front to back…
The 2nd album in the Opus series, Vibrations has a distinct theme, based on electronic styles and rhythms, creating a blend of genres within the category. The songs are instrumental pieces, with a few minor exceptions, but no sung verses.
Rising Up opens the album, setting a tone in a pop-dance groove, with spoken phrases throughout. The “I am…” of course, refers to that which binds us, love, the awakening human consciousness… all of that.
Genuine Article kicks it up a notch, being carried along with a distorted rock drum groove. Synths and hits are introduced, with a menacing fuzz in the foreground, and an almost tribal loop underlying the drum kit’s aggressive pace.
Flawless brings us down into a more contemplative space. A flowing dance/house tempo carries the melody, and a hooky synth instills it’s catchy riff, amongst the “Flawless…” phrases. Throw in a funky guitar solo, and you have a dance-pop tune that sticks with you.
Trance Sends picks up the pace again, introducing a driving house beat and several synths. The song builds in waves as layered pads and loops blend with percussive synths and some electric guitar.
Determined slows it down a notch, but not in attitude. This one is more a trip-hop, clubby groove that creates an atmosphere of dark determination, building to a breakout when the mood shifts into more dance/house vibes playing synths and percussion against each other. Then, it starts over in a new key…
Juggler walks a steady pace. A feeling of introspection and discovery reverberates, with slightly jolting breaks and dynamics throughout. Ambient pads and ghostly swells enhance the underlying somber tone. Is there a resolution?
Listen starts out aggressively, with a chaotic blend of effects and disturbing edginess. Quickly, the pace begins, carried by a funky, driving loop, breaking occasionally for a breath before engaging again, coupled with a grungy wah-synth that echoes the slap bass groove.
Traveler brings us back to steadiness, with a solid dance/house groove, mellow synths and temperate flow. Imagine driving on a long, winding highway…
Blue Sky & Rain asks, how can you search for the darkness, when it’s a clear, blue, sunny day? It’s a steady pace with a dance/pop groove, synths, a few breaks, and an air of uncertainty.
Walking is straight ahead dance/house, with some additional percussion, pizzicato strings, solemn pads, and a flute, singing softly in the background. A piano tells of what’s to come…
Enchanted is a gentle, ambient-pop ending to this story, centering in a somber piano, that carries us out of the sonic adventure that Vibrations was.
“Soul Survivor” is a song I released as a single, and is also featured on the Strange Daze EP. It features the backing vocals of Gypsy Butterfly.
In the late autumn of 2002, a friend approached me that worked in an office close the studio I was creating in at the time. She stopped me and asked: “You write songs, right?” I smiled and said “Yes”.
She went on to explain how she’d been hearing so many songs on the radio about losing someone. But nothing was helping her, as she’d lost her son in a car accident the year previous “just like that, with no warning”.
She asked, with watery eyes, if I could write her a song about someone like that; someone who’d lost somebody close, like a family member, suddenly.
“Soul Survivor” was the result. It “came to me” one day shortly thereafter while I was driving to town. By the time I’d returned to the studio, I – with an abundance of goosebumps – had the complete thing written and composed in my head. So, it was needing a channel, or an outlet.
I gave her the recording, with a warning to not listen to it while driving. She seemed to find it quite helpful, as the next time I saw her, she was noticeably lighter, and happier.
That kinda stuff makes me feel good about what I do.
By Trance Blackman
I was given no warning
I was given no chance
To say… good-bye.
And now all that remains, is the question: Why?
I awake in the morning
See your picture on the wall
It makes… me cry
But I know with some time, that I will get by
Only want to hold you once more
To tell you “I Love You”
Only want to see into your perfect eyes again…
‘Cause I am your soul survivor
You will never be too far from me
I am your soul survivor
Your memory will live on inside of me… always
So what awaits me tomorrow?
Should I go on with my life?
I’ll live for you…
Sometimes I hear your name, how I do miss you…
Now I laugh and I can sing
There is love still in my heart
And it makes me cry…
But I know you are safe, no regrets, no lie