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This Week’s Favorite: Cold, Cold Heart and El Capistan

British band Cold, Cold Heart weaves together mesmerizing and lush harmonies in today’s favorite “Wake Up in Blue.” The four-piece, consisting of Chris Daniel, Robert Manning, Gareth Jones and Alex Wilson explain their sound as music where “nothing is planned or predetermined.”

BigSky and El Capistan feature prominently in this track, giving the song a rich and liquidy sound that evokes a moodiness and longing akin to the Twin Peaks soundtrack.

Gear used:

  • Fender Vintage Hot Rod ’52 Telecaster
  • Walrus Audio Deep Six compressor
  • Mission Engineering volume pedal (for swells)
  • El Capistan
  • BigSky
  • Cornford Roadhouse 30 (left) and Cornford Carrera (right) in stereo

    ‘Wake Up in Blue’ is inspired by a poem by Robert Lowell, which explores the struggles with mental illness. The band explains: “We wanted to create a backdrop that comes from a simplistic, pure place but resonates between order and chaos, glitter and dirt, beauty and destruction.”


    Cold, Cold Heart’s “Wake Up in Blue”:


    “Wake Up in Blue” is the band’s first video and was directed by Callum Henderson. It was shot in the Mourne Mountains of Northern Ireland. If the location in the video looks familiar to you it’s because the area is seen often in a little television show called Game Of Thrones.

    When asked about his inspiration for the video Henderson explained: “When listening to the hypnotic melody, my mind drifted towards a shining light, a beacon. And although the song emotes a longing, there is something optimistic pulling us through the journey.”

    Check out Cold, Cold Heart’s El Capistan and BigSky settings below:


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