GANGS OF KIN Walks Us Through His EP 'Nature Knows No King' Track by Track
Mysterious, debonair and cumulative in nature, GANGS OF KIN, the project of Joël Gaerthé, is something we knew we could not quickly put to pen and quip about. Deciding to let the author do the talking, we reached out to Gaerthé to take us through each track of his latest project, Nature Knows No King.
This is an anthem for those who turn a rainy day into a blessing. When all seems dark and hopeless, it often just takes a change in perspective to find a way out. Bumping shoulders with depression was the main inspiration for this song. I realized it’s the small things that brighten up your day and thus life. I wrote it last year when I was in a warmer climate for three months and started missing rain.
This is a march against those who seek to control the people and keep us in line. And in order for things to change, we’ll need to have a revelation of self-empowerment. I had the intro melody in my mind for a while. I recorded it on my Yamaha CP80 and started hearing the choir chant over it that is now the chorus. Once I had that recorded the rest of the song came fairly quick.
"Nature Knows No King"
There is an old image I randomly found on Google. A drawing of a king getting jumped by a leopard. Underneath is written ‘Nature knows no king.’ The image confronted me with the idea of how far our made-up world has come. And how silly some of those creations are when we know they are man-made problems This song challenges concepts of power, greed and status. Because all we know is simply a figment of our imagination. Maybe we can imagine a better world one day.
"Cool, Calm & Collected"
We all take our own time to figure out what we’re doing here. People are quick to judge your path and success. To top it off your most harsh judge is often yourself. This is a chant to stay focused, calm, cool and collected. Wherever you end up, that’s where you need to be to get further. This was inspired by Tom Waits. ‘Get behind the mule’ in particular. The lyrics, funny enough, are from a jailbird documentary I saw on Netflix where an inmate said: I’m cool, calm and collected.
"You belong" is about breaking down what kept you from becoming ‘stable’ as a person, finding a person or place or environment to finally feel ‘at home.’ Going into the world can change your perspective. Can make you broaden your connection this feeling if being ‘home.’
Wherever you are, you can belong.