Origins is a recurring new music feature that finds us asking an artist to explain the story behind their latest song.
After releasing his 2016 album I’m Giving Up on Rock & Roll, singer-songwriter Christopher the Conquered nearly followed through on his record’s message. Feeling dissatisfied with his output and his place in the music industry, the artist born Christopher Ford took a step back to thoroughly consider his next steps.
In an attempt to rekindle his love of music, he went back to where it all started — literally. Ford took on a more DIY approach to his writing and recording, eschewing the sometimes stuffy, stressful nature of fancy studios. And perhaps more importantly, he actually had fun doing so, relishing in the comfortable confines of his home recordings.
Revitalized and ready to jump-start a new chapter in his music career, Ford has fully flesher out a dozen of these homemade demos and prepped them for release. Today, Consequence of Sound is premiering one of the tracks, “Too Many Teardrops Away”.
A delicate, piano-led number, it finds Ford lamenting the slow collapse of a relationship and debating whether or not he should just cut his losses and walk away. “You used to be so in love with me/ I love the way things used to be,” sings Ford, who’s previously received a nod of approval from Ryan Adams. “It’s getting harder now every single day/ Feels like happiness is too many teardrops away.”
Although this particular song deals with romantic woes, Ford tells CoS that its underlying message about going against the grain can also apply to life in general. “Sometimes it’s easier to let things stay the same rather than pushing yourself to move on, he says. “The best path isn’t always the easiest.”
Hear it below, and pre-save it on streaming services here.
For more background into the making of “Too Many Teardrops Away”, Ford tells us about inspirational lyrics and the importance of capturing the right kind of energy on a song.
Inspirational lyrics that challenge us to change and go against the grain: