“Daybreak”, the  newly released single, by Fire Thief was originally conceived  behind the dismal and ominous, gray walls of a dreary psychiatric hospital, where the artist had a brief encounter. The undeniable talent of Louder Than War writer, and author of Cardiff-City-based book, “The Blues Are Back in Town”, Nick Fisk, managed to shine brightly, with his effervescent, upbeat, musicality, despite the origin of its creation.

Nick wrote the lyrics with the aid of a fellow patient, and then recorded a very rough version of the track. It found it’s way to Kyle Dunaway, an American producer, who transformed that version into a real live, fully fledged recording. Later on the track was once again re-recorded by talented vocalist and musician, Nick Russell, who added another guitar part to it as well. “Daybreak” was eventually mastered by Meurig at Reel Time Recordings.

Although the sparking instrumentals are that of a feel good, happy nature, one that definitely serves to elevate ones senses, the lyrics are hauntingly flirtatious. They make me want to know more about Nick Fisk, and what was in his mind at the time. It seems as though a lot of thought went into the process. There is a hint of romance about it, however I’m not sure that I would exactly brand it a love song.

Ultimately, the song is well put together, pleasant to listen to, even a 3rd and 4th time, and is certainly now included on my playlist. The singer, Nick Russell has an amazing voice, filled with clarity and pleasant tones. The instrumentals on the recording are competent and give the song a “full”, melodic, and satisfying sonic rhythm.

The lyrics spout: sunshine, dreams, love, ribbons, pranks, and even Jesus, and has a positive ending, one I felt to be very inspiring. It builds to an uproarious grand finale, both vocally and instrumentally, however the song is enjoyable all the way through. It also includes a suggestive hook.

“Daybreak” is destined to become a hit and is available now on iTunes, and will be on Spotify shortly.

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All words by Eileen Shapiro. More of Eileen’s writing can be found in her author’s archive.


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