Review: "That's Life" - Chris de Sarandy
Getting over someone you thought you'd be with forever is not easy. Sometimes we hold onto them in our minds a little longer than we should, especially when you've had such amazing memories together. Even if you know deep down that breaking up was the right thing to do, the love you feel still lingers. Sometimes the pain of it all doesn't hit until later on, after you've experience what your life is like without them. In Chris de Sarandy's new song, "That's Life", he write about his struggle to come to terms with the end of a relationship; but also about the realization that life isn't always going to go exactly how we want it to. Things happen, and you can't always control it. You try help yourself move on by saying simple statements like "it is what it is" and in this song's case, "I guess that's life"; but this doesn't always work and is way easier said than done.
The simple production on this song let's Chris de Sarandy's raspy and raw vocals shine through. Having a minimalistic instrumentation helps us focus on the most important part of this song - the lyrics. "That's Life" isn't just any other breakup song. It's poetically written with logic and grace, drawing you in from the very first line. One of my favorite moments in the song is the use words in "Darling I’ve been holding onto this used cigarette // Not every light gets put out when it all comes to and end " - describing his past relationship as an old cigarette that refuses to burn out - just like his mind and heart that refuses to let go of the old spark his relationship used to have. Another favorite line of mine is "I'm on the other side // sometimes the grass ain't greener " - which is a play on words of the old saying "The grass is always greener on the other side".
Chris de Sarandy is a singer-songwriter from Southwest England. He was in an indie band at the young age of 14 until he went to University. After the band split, Chris started writing his own songs and creating his own sound as an individual. Inspired by legendary songwriters like Nick Cave and David Bowie, Chris moved to Berlin to further pursue his music career and found himself meeting other musicians and producers. This lead his to releasing his first two singles in 2022, Good Girl, Sad Boy and Like I Don't Know You. These songs led him to being discovered by the indie record label Embassy of Music. Since then, Chris has released 3 more songs including That's Life which is also his first song of 2023. In such a short amount of time, Chris has been able to impressively accrue almost 50,000 monthly Spotify listeners. He describes himself as a 'small town boy with a big man's voice'. Make sure to check out his whole discography and follow him for more.
Written By Kaitlyn Nicole
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