Indie Rocker Faces Insecurity. - talker: Intimidated
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posted 11 Jan 2019 by Krister Axel
A heavy rock payoff, and a simple lesson - some things you have to earn.

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With a face and voice that reminds me of Liz Phair on Exile in Guyville, talker’s new single Intimidated puts a spotlight on the relationship strategies, the communications and lack thereof, that are legion in this world of temporary satisfaction. We learn to cope, and to retreat, and to forget the other options.

It’s ok to be intimidated, but if we learn to blame ourselves when we can’t find courage, that quickly becomes a downward spiral.

“I’ve got a time-bomb ticking in my mind
feels like I’m always running out of time
wish I could save up all my wasted nights
and spend them in the bed where you lie”— talker

The production sensibility joins a folk-pop verse backed by an acoustic guitar with a high-lift chorus, big guitars, and a heavier rock vibe, creating that ubiquitous down-up pop dynamic: the surprise-blast of energy. Intimidated, the revelatory new single from talker, reassembles these modern musical memes into a deep self-talk with a heavy rock payoff, and a simple lesson - some things you have to earn.

The name “talker” stems from Celeste Tauchar’s given last name – notorious in her family for being misspelled and mispronounced. This song is featured on our CHILL Angeles playlist.

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Krister Bjornson Axel

Ogdensburg, New York

Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.

Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist