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Kelley Stoltz: When The World Melts Away

Kelley Stoltz: When The World Melts Away

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Kelley Stoltz's "Bottle Up" captures both the importance and the minuteness of the individual in a comforting way. Courtesy of Sub Pop Records hide caption

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Kelley Stoltz's "Bottle Up" captures both the importance and the minuteness of the individual in a comforting way.

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Tuesday's Pick

Song: "Bottle Up"

Artist: Kelley Stoltz

CD: To Dreamers

Genre: Pop-Rock

To Dreamers is an apt name for Kelley Stoltz's latest album. The San Francisco singer-songwriter is known for lighthearted melodies, sweetly wistful harmonies, sunny sounds and retro guitar. But while "Bottle Up" showcases the same characteristics, it creates an entirely different feeling.

In "Bottle Up," innocent strings and light horns are layered beneath surprisingly despairing words: "Please give me shelter from the rumbling storm / I'm out here on the street, can't find no peace at home." Stoltz's yearning makes the song a much-needed companion for those moments when the world seems to be melting away.

The mixed use of first and third person, as well as religious analogies and apocalyptic references — symbols which represent a world bigger than ourselves — allow "Bottle Up" to represent both the importance and the minuteness of the individual in a way that's cathartic and comforting. It's a beautiful reminder that our lives, though they may feel huge, aren't as big as we think.

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