EM_LEN – Self Control

EM_LEN's homage to the 80s: between nostalgia and the new wave

EM_LEN - Self ControlWith "Self Control", EM_LEN from the USA takes its listen­ers on a jour­ney back in time to the glory days of synth pop and new wave, inspired by legendary bands such as "Thompson Twins" and "Blancmange". But des­pite the obvi­ous nos­tal­gia, the song man­ages to retain its own iden­tity and not present itself as a mere copy. The use of chimes and ori­ent­al-style sound­scapes inev­it­ably brings back memor­ies, but it is the fresh energy and clear vocals that make "Self Control" a work in its own right.

The romantic but also ener­get­ic mood of the song is reflec­ted in its lyr­ics, which tell of a youth­ful naiv­ety and a struggle with self-con­trol. "I'm not one to lose my self con­trol, but you make it so hard for me" – this recur­ring refrain serves as a com­mon thread that emphas­izes the emo­tion­al depth of the song and speaks dir­ectly to the listener.

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Lyrics of "EM_LEN – Self Control"

I feel it die when we close our eyes
It falls away from me like tears
I’m not one to lose my self control
But you make it so hard for me

I feel it deep inside when we sleep
We’re let­ting it slip away
I’m not one to lose my self control
But you make it so hard for me

You waste my time
I waste yours too

And by the way my love is always forever
And by the way your touch is what I remember

You waste my time
I waste yours too

I fell alive when we’re together
You let me fall down to my knees
I’m not one to lose my self control
But you make it so hard for me

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