Wingless Not Hopeless
Wingless not Hopeless contains twelve songs loosely based around a modern take on the myth of Icarus. It is a view of the world from within and above from someone who has crashed back down to earth. The first song 'Unify' sets the stage with the 'jealous sun' looking on and awaiting Icarus's attempt to leave the island he is imprisoned on. The first single is 'Time Machine' an ode to lost love. Stephen Soul began in the early 90's in Philadelphia fronting his bands "Civil Beast" and "Ocean of Soul". As a singer/songwriter and musician, he combines electronica with an alternative Rock band attitude to create a sound that is fresh and intriguing. The focus is on melody and lyrics, while blending electronic and acoustic instruments with subtle power, strong percussion and some ear-bending distortion. He combines sounds of David Bowie, Roxy Music and New Order with Keane, Coldplay and The Killers to create a fresh, intriguing sound. After a ten year hiatus imposed by grief induced, writers block and the constraints of raising a family, Stephen Soul returned with his band "Ocean of Soul" to play a string of successful shows in November and December of 2007. The inspiration from these shows inspired his independently produced debut entitled " Rise Above". The title comes from the line in his song " Caged Bird", "Time to step out of the dirt, rise above the hurt". The songs are both anthemic and metaphysical, searching for truth in life. 'Rise Above' has been followed up with 'Out of the Dirt'. An EP containing five alternate mixes and acoustic versions of songs from 'Rise Above' as well as the new song 'Get On'.