As duos in music go, the duo consisting of brother and sister Nick and Brianna Chiapparino, who have combined their considerable musical talents to form the band known as Plane Station, is one you definitely want to get to know!
They grew up singing together in the suburbs of Westchester, New York, and their intimate folk sound is driven by harmony and a devotion to honest lyricism.
Over the years, they’ve been at the helm of many bands spanning a wide variety of genres, and honed their craft through years of live performances.
Now, though, with their enchanting chemistry and riveting sound, they’re demonstrating that they feel most at home with the songs they are creating as a duo.
While not averse to the grandiose with elaborate musical arrangements, in a stripped-down predominantly acoustic setting on their first album, The Other Side, the duo explores the themes of love, loss and change.
Speaking of love, loss and change . . .
An unfulfilling relationship that ultimately ended in a breakup provided Nick’s emotional impetus for the creation of several of the songs on The Other Side.
When you hear these songs, you’re destined to experience both the heartache of the dissonance that prevailed in the relationship juxtaposed against the joy that is evoked by their sound, which is sure to remind you of the sound of Simon & Garfunkel and Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac.
In two shows on Alive with Clive, Plane Station performed eight songs from The Other Side, as follows:
- “Sweet Melancholy”
- “Lay by My Side”
- “Three in the Morning”
- “The Other Side”
- “I’ll Be Around”
- “Take Me Away”
In the 1st Show:
- “Sweet Melancholy” is about being aware of the emotion of sadness and its effect on you . . . and having a conversation with it;
- “Lay by My Side” is an expression of emotions felt in the early hours of a love affair in the early hours of the morning;
- “Dirt” is a song about reflecting upon realities in life with a degree of self-flagellation, and resolving to overcome challenges; and
- “Enough” is a song of thoughts about the aspects and patterns in a relationship that led to its demise.
In the 2nd Show:
- “Three in the Morning” is the polar opposite of “Lay by My Side” and another version of sweet melancholy, involving reminiscing about the relationship that has ended;
- “The Other Side” is about looking back on life, taking stock of loss, and wondering if you’ve derived the value all that has occurred provided for you;
- “I’ll Be Around” is a song that conveys the sentiments of harmonious acceptance that a relationship has ended; and
- “Take Me Away” is about yearning to fulfill on a new possibility you’re inspired to pursue in your life.
While sadness may be an uncomfortable lingering emotion, it does provide the necessary stimulus for songs that stir the soul.
And though the sadness Nick was experiencing when he wrote some of the songs on The Other Side may have been painful, the songs sound so sweet we ought be grateful for the melancholy that provided the emotional disruption that led to their creation.
Now that Plane Station has released its debut album and is building a growing following of ardent fans, the future for this remarkable duo is bright and exciting!
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