There’s something that Sharon Lia wants to get off of her chest in “Why Can’t We Pretend?,” and alongside her band – aptly called the Sharon Lia Band – she’ll use every weapon at her disposal to make us feel every ounce of emotion that she’s trying to impart via the lyrics. In the first stanza of the song, she pointedly describes fading into the nightfall, struggling to breathe, contemplating how she could have ever allowed for herself to become this vulnerable. She continues on, begging for answers against the backdrop of what is at first a pop piano ballad that will mature into a progressive rock psalm before our very ears. Watching the lyric video for “Why Can’t We Pretend” makes her words all the more tangible to us, but to be frank, I don’t think that we needed a lot of fancy iconography to understand just how private an admission she’s making in this track. This is the Sharon Lia Band at their most exposed, and in my opinion, they have never sounded better.
Beneath all of the melodic instrumental fireworks, the drums are doing just as much to form an emotional link with the listener as Sharon Lia is. They pitter-patter like a heart that’s on the verge of breaking, ebbing with the bassline only to suffocate us with their dexterous wallop just around the next bend. Normally you would have to dig fairly deep into the mix to appreciate the percussive textures in a song like this, but that’s not the case with “Why Can’t We Pretend?.” A great deal of care went into ensuring that this single was produced with as much of a live-feel as is possible within the four walls of a recording studio, and you don’t have to be an expert on audio technology to notice how most every component here is lacking the kind of plasticized augmentation that is so typical of mainstream releases nowadays. The Sharon Lia Band want everyone to know how serious they are about this next phase of their career, and they make sure that once this song has ceased to play, there isn’t a single listener who escaped the grasp of its visceral grooves.
I wasn’t all that familiar with this group before sitting down with “Why Can’t We Pretend?” over the weekend, but I’m dying to hear the record that it was designed to tease, Beyond Wonderland. If Beyond Wonderland has as much star-power as Fairytales (the nine-track LP that introduced so many of us to the Sharon Lia Band some three years ago) did, then this could very well be the release to finally bring Lia the international fame that she and her bandmates have worked so hard to achieve. They’re not quite the household name that some of their major label brethren are, but it would be an understatement of criminal proportions to say that they’re acting like they belong in an elite category here. Beyond Wonderlandis scheduled to debut later this month, and I would recommend picking up a copy as soon as it drops.
by Bethany Page
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