We all come to a point in our lives when we stop and cluelessly wonder, “What’s it all for?” We can’t move forward because we don’t know where we’re heading, and we can’t go back because it’s not possible. If anyone portrayed this feeling right, it’s Palm Trees In Moscow in his latest single, “Drunk at the Airport.”
Palm Trees In Moscow is the alter ego of Baltimore-based singer/guitarist/songwriter Chris Frantz. PTIM has been his stage name for the past 5 years, during which time he has recorded and performed with a variety of musicians and collaborators. With influences ranging from R.E.M. to The Replacements, The Stone Roses, and The War on Drugs, Chris Frantz wrote “Drunk at the Airport,” which was mixed and mastered by Jordon Zadorozny at Skylark Park Studios in Pembroke.
It’s a song that all of us could relate to, as it’s hard to believe that there’s a single person on Earth didn’t reach the rock bottom, felt lost as if they’re in a Limbo. It captures this feeling of being stick in nowhere and don’t know what to do, and you’re all on your own because the only one is preventing you from getting out is you! Fittingly titled “Drunk at the Airport” as Frantz brilliantly described it “The title is a loose metaphor for limbo. Being on the verge of going somewhere new, being so close to change/thriving in a new destination, but all the while disoriented and lost in a sea of loud noises, lights, and distractions.”
The introspective lyrics are expressive, relatable, and will have a strong impact on the vulnerable dark side of you. The stellar vocals, on the other hand, ease up on you a little, as they’re soulful and like a gentle whisper in the verses, and raspy and powerful in the chorus to be a wake-up call to let yourself out of the imaginary prison. The single’s sound is something else! The 90’s Rock influence adds a vintage touch, yet it remains futuristic. The shimmering guitars brighten the dark vibes and back up the vocals quite well. The solo part is full of passion and feels like it’s saying, “Seriously man, what’s it all for?”
Surely, Palm Trees In Moscow has a distinct sound, knows how to balance between dark and bright, and how to present authentic, real music that we can relate to and feel less lonely. If you want to know that you’re not the only one who screws things up and that there’s a way out, listen to “Drunk at the Airport” below.