Bassem Sabry

Album: Aureate Gloom (2015)

Songfacts®:

  • The lead single from Aureate Gloom, this is named for an Egyptian blogger and civil rights campaigner who died under mysterious circumstances in April 2014 after he fell off a balcony. Speaking with the Charleston City Paper, frontman Kevin Barnes explained: "It's something that I think about a lot, you know, the individual fighting against the monster and the courage that it takes for people who live in those countries to stand up against the dominant force, which is very oppressive."

    "They're risking their own lives and this guy - it can't be proven, you know, because it's all so shady - but he supposedly fell off a balcony, but it's like, no one really falls off a balcony."
  • This is the only non-autobiographical track on Aureate Gloom. The other songs were inspired by a difficult time Barnes was going through whilst working on the album – hence the record's anguishy title. He explained: "I was going through a very stormy period in my life and felt like I was just completely trashed."

    "I might be guilty of sharing or exposing too much of my private life, but to me the best albums are those that help people connect with an artist on a deep, human level and that do so without too much artifice or evasiveness."

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