half·alive are an indie, indie-pop rock group from Long Beach, California. Having only formed back on April 2017, the group are fairly known on the indie-pop scene. The members consist of drummer Brett Kramer, guitarist J Tyler Johnson and singer Josh Taylor.
“still feel.”, is an upbeat, feel-good indie bop with an undertone of funk and soul, from their upcoming album *7. Written by the vocalist Josh Taylor, half·alive tells music Genius website how the track came about while Taylor had challenged himself to write 50 songs in order to get better at song writing. “I wrote it out of a place of feeling like, “how can I continue to have hope within the sense of being rootless”. Around that time, the 50 songs were being written, I had just broken up with my band that we had since high school and start of college… It wasn’t until the next year when I was in Nepal, I was with my cousin, and the lyrics took a deeper dive into all those feelings I had been having and then expanding on those. That’s when the space metaphor came in.” Taylor’s explanation makes a lot of sense as the whole song is based around the concept of losing yourself and having an unknown sense of identity. “I still feel alive / When it is hopeless, I start to notice / And I still feel alive / Falling forward, back into orbit”, again the reference to space and “pulling me back to earth. Using space as a metaphor for feeling a sense of unknown and floating through life and time when your sense of identity is such a complex and unknown concept in an individual’s life.
The music video was released on the 3rd August 2018, with extremely simple choreography by the band in a tiled room with colourful lights. The choreography was put together by Jordan Johnson and Aiden Carberry. The video was also directed and cut by Josh Taylor, and currently has almost 9 and a half million views.
Release Date: 3rd August 2018
Songwriter/s: Josh Taylor
Genre: Indie, Indie-Pop
Music Video Release Date: 3rd August
Music Video Director: Josh Taylor