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Coor Brow-Obles' single I Can’t Sleep opens on static and falling rain as a steady, distant drumbeat moves behind it. There’s a xylophone-like drift of sound that moves into the music to add a ghostly quality. The lead synth melody is a delicate thing like spiderwebs as it moves in a diaphanous drift through the music behind Coor Brow-Obles’ strong, smooth and pained voice. The misty haze that fills the track only emphasizes the shadows that occupy every corner of the song.
Aching pain and a sense of foreboding pour from the lyrics of this song. The first line opens with a heavy sense of foreboding and loss as Coor Brow-Obles sings, “I’m inside where no one can hurt me with no pride for where I’ve been, deep inside my fears still haunt me.”
The chorus, “I know, I know no one can still hurt me” is repeated like a chant or a formula to ward off despair that ends with, “I can’t sleep.”
The feeling of avoiding human contact is strong in the line, “I’m inside where no one can touch me.” In fact, the desire for avoiding one’s own contact is expressed in the words, “ I’m so tired of all my skin.” The pain that emanates from the words continues in the lyric, “Deep inside, these scars heal slowly.”
Despite trying to escape, our narrator is still trapped. The lines, “I’m inside where my past provokes me, cut inside for all my sins. Deep inside, my troubles still plague me” lay that feeling bare with scalpel sharpness.
I Can't Sleep is a darkly beautiful, stark song that is full of aching. Coor Brow-Obles is able to convey the darkness of the words while adding a lost, wandering quality to the music that only amplifies their message.