Kabaal Klankbaan have released a brand new single, entitled “If It’s All The Same”. This radio single is an offering from their latest EP, ‘I’m Not Good With Promises’ which was released in January 2021. For the release, Kabaal Klankbaan are releasing a second version of the song via streaming sites; a collaboration featuring Franco Prinsloo & Michael Canfield.
More info about “If It’s All The Same”
“If It’s All the Same” was written a long time ago by frontman Floris Groenewald, and was inspired by a time he played a lot of shows and travelled to many interesting venues.
“Combine the gigging lifestyle with Jeff Bridges’ character Bad Blake in the movie Crazy Heart, my love for Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, and Nick Cave and my sense of humour, and you’ve got ‘If It’s All The Same'”
A somewhat traditional ballad, the song tells the story of a troubadour, or travelling singer-songwriter, who writes and sings about romance every night, but has never found someone to settle down with. It’s about romantic desires, even when you can’t offer the happily-ever-after that most romantic partners might crave. Despite its somewhat cynical narrative, “If It’s All The Same” is a sincere offering that many people can connect with, or just enjoy from afar.
Kabaal Klankbaan initially wanted to include the collaboration version as a bonus track on the EP, but timing didn’t allow. Also strongly believing that songs are never finished or final, and there’s always something different to be found in a reinterpretation or rearrangement of a song, Floris decided to celebrate the release of the song as a single, with the collaboration. The result: Fans can experience the intimacy of a crooning piano ballad showing off a completely different side to the upbeat drums-and-trumpets used before.
Regularly hearing Franco Prinsloo’s musical work, he was a natural choice for a piano version. For vocals, Floris was looking for the perfect voice to inhabit the character he envisioned – someone older than himself, who can sound weary yet energetic, cynical yet romantic. Michael Canfield ticked all these boxes. Each person left their unique stamp on the song, and creatively participated in making it their own. Because of that, and the freeform production process, “If It’s All The Same” is a coming together of three creatives.
“Anyone who’s ever been romantically jaded would be able to identify with the song. Have you never found the love of your life, but still know you have a ton of romance to offer? Then this song is for you. I’m hoping there’s even a travelling musician, or a singer-songwriter out there that knows this story firsthand. I’m also always trying to present something new, and ‘If It’s All The Same’ is enough of a change of pace from what came before, without suggesting what might come next. Hopefully, it’s a nice, fresh, palate-cleanser.”
Have a listen to the track below:
You can download / stream “If It’s All The Same” HERE.
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