As though a tight wire runs from front to back inside the vast expanse of mind, there we are, perched on top. In rare moments of mindfulness we are sensitive to the left and right lean, careful not to fall. Edwin Raphael's "Have You Been Told?" is a signifier of that mindfulness.
Rare it is to find a writer who speaks so candidly about something that is far from straightforward. Raphael points to the conflicting pursuit of stimulation versus stability. In explanation, he mentions:
"The phrase ‘have you been told’ suggests the idea of keeping the devil on your shoulder at ease by satisfying it in small doses as well as constantly sort of reminding yourself to check yourself."
Acoustic strings are brushed with drums and then followed by a vocal performance that plays within the stretch of each word — a sign of the artistry behind it. I love how "Have You Been Told?" starts with the word 'and' — it adds a subtle and listenable layer of intrigue.
It's deep, it's provocative, and most importantly, it sounds gorgeous.