Lyrics Of Two – creating profoundly beautiful music from subtle and unforced moments
Lyrics Of Two have been building their off of creating profoundly beautiful music from subtle and unforced moments. Whether it was the wistful, stripped-down acoustic pop of “Mysteries”, or the gritty, rhythmic Americana rock of “Streetlights Are Spotlights”, they’ve shown the unparalleled ability to let their songs breathe. Lyrics Of Two’s restraint in not giving in to the temptation to over-edit or over-layer their work is even more remarkable in our era, which is so often chastised for turning everything up to max, overwhelming the listener into submission with noise. Instead, Lyrics Of Two relies on a modest refinement that breaks with current singer-songwriter trends that promote infinite ambition in lieu of the basics — melody, arrangement, storytelling and feeling.
On “Mysteries” we see Lyrics Of Two doubling down on this penchant for stripping back their music to the most basic elements. The track’s stark minimalism compliments the overall theme of the song, which is a study of self-awareness and understanding the mysteries of love and life:
“Life, it has so many changes
Streets, they have so many strangers
Hearts, they have so many dangers, when in love
Mysteries of life I ponder
Here on earth with all its wonder”
Lyrics Of Two is able to harness the dynamics of the vocals and their instinct for melody to create an understated-yet-memorable song. The composition is so emotionally moving precisely because of the band’s ability to use the slightest bit of ornamentation to hit the listener at the core.