On The Shoulders of Giants

by VH x RR

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Michael Anthony -Pop Art Ave.com I've been loving the singles leading up to this EP and every track is awesome! Congrats on the new release Von and Rob! I put Shattered Bones as my favorite track but easily listen to each song from 1-6 Favorite track: Shattered Bones (Album Version).
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ichafino36 Got my cd yesterday. Great stuff. Missed your El Paso show but hope to catch a show soon
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Sea of Synth Simply beautiful 🖤 the chorus of “The Undertow” says it all… on the shoulder of giants, I surrender to you… (again).
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Kendra Armer A stunning conclusion to the trilogy. Beats that grab me and won't let go, lyrics that make me cry, melodies that lodge in my mind and carry me through the day. Phenomenal music! Favorite track: Slipped.
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FoxPuppy If you're just finding this EP, you should know that you absolutely need all three EPs in the Cosmos Trilogy. This EP is a continuation of some of the best songwriting, production, and performance in the synth genre, bar none. Rob Rowe is simply put one of the best vocalists in rock music. Period. Von Hertzog crafts music that is equal parts crystalline beauty and primal force. Together, they are a sum that is even greater than their vastly talented parts.
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Out under moonlit sky There's nowhere to hide From all that we're feeling Out where the roadway ends And silence begins The empire's burning And in the night on which we find we're all alone We try to run and we stumble And though we'd like to think we're fighters made of stone We fall apart and we crumble Like shattered bones Like shattered bones Out where the angels fly Our stars will collide With promises broken Out far away from here Our words disappear Forever unspoken And in the night on which we find we're all alone We try to run and we stumble And though we'd like to think the future's set in stone It falls apart and it crumbles Like shattered bones Like shattered bones And though we'd like to think we're fighters made of stone We fall apart and we crumble Like shattered bones Like shattered bones We fall apart and we crumble Like shattered bones We fall apart and we crumble Like shattered bones We fall apart and we crumble Like shattered bones
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Slipped 05:15
Walking on broken glass Lost in a dark room Trying to find you Boxes of photographs Pictures and postcards Places I saw you last (You last) I don't know how to get to you tonight Reverse the orbit of the earth And try to turn back time But there's some things we can never know The door has closed on why And though it hurts to let you go Our time has slipped on by Our time has slipped on by Sleeping as water falls Onto the roof top Dreaming it won't stop We lived inside these walls Damaged and broken Nothing has changed at all (At all) I don't know how to get to you tonight Reverse the orbit of the earth And try to turn back time But there's some things we can never know The door has closed on why And though it hurts to let you go Our time has slipped on by Our time has slipped on by Oooooh I I'm staring at your photograph But oh, those eyes Tonight they leave me cold Oooooh I I'm drowning in the aftermath Of why oh why Why did you have to go I don't know how to get to you tonight Reverse the orbit of the earth And try to turn back time But there's some things we can never know The door has closed on why And though it hurts to let you go Our time has slipped on by Our time has slipped on by Our time has slipped on by Our time has slipped on by
3.
Tonight we're holding onto time We're chasing heaven A hidden Siam light Becomes obsession Don't want to let you go Until we both find A silhouetted glow A beauty for all time Don't waste no more time I can't believe my eyes Can't believe my eyes Your heavenly outline And I know how we get when the sun has fallen (We're shining like we're moonlight) But we'll live with regret if we don't jump in (We're shining like we're moonlight) There's a glow, a duet, and the water's calling (We're shining like we're moonlight) And we'll never forget if we don't jump in Tonight I'm holding on so tight To my confession Defined by hidden light You're my obsession Don't want to let you go Until we both drown In silhouetted glow In beauty that we've found Don't waste no more time I can't believe my eyes Can't believe my eyes Your heavenly outline And I know how we get when the sun has fallen (We're shining like we're moonlight) But we'll live with regret if we don't jump in (We're shining like we're moonlight) There's a glow, a duet, and the water's calling (We're shining like we're moonlight) And we'll never forget if we don't jump in Don't waste no more time I can't believe my eyes Can't believe my eyes Your heavenly outline And I know how we get when the sun has fallen (We're shining like we're moonlight) But we'll live with regret if we don't jump in (We're shining like we're moonlight) There's a glow, a duet, and the water's calling (We're shining like we're moonlight) And we'll never forget if we don't jump in Jump in (We're shining like we're moonlight) Jump in (We're shining like we're moonlight) Jump in (We're shining like we're moonlight) Jump in
4.
The Undertow 05:30
Struggle and fight against the undertow Searching the sky for all we know Turn on the light to find the solid gold It's how it goes It's always so Oh, I've been waiting here for you Oh, for a melody in blue In a moment of silence By the light of the moon On the shoulders of giants I surrender to you Struggle and fight in fading afterglow Searching for sounds you've always known Swallow the light to run on liquid gold The story's old It's always so Oh, I've been waiting here for you Oh, for a melody in blue In a moment of silence By the light of the moon On the shoulders of giants I surrender to you (It's better than standing on the cheesy fucking thing Know what I mean? I mean, tossing all these Satellites and Shuttles out into the Cosmos What do they think they're going to find up there That they can't find down here Do they think that if they piss high enough They're going to come across the monkey with the beard And the crap ideas And it's like "Ah! There you are captain I mean, are you busy Because I have a few Fundamental questions for you!") Struggle and fight against the undertow Searching the sky for all that glows Follow the light to find the hidden gold It's how it goes It's always so Oh, I've been waiting here for you Oh, for a melody in blue In a moment of silence By the light of the moon On the shoulders of giants I surrender to you I surrender to you It was always so It was always so I surrender to you It was always so It was always so I surrender to you It was always so It was always so I surrender to you
5.
The Fray 03:47
Out of the fray Under a dark and windless sky Show me the way You be the moon, I'll be the tide I'm down on my knees Just filling the nights with empty time I'm willing to bleed To find The distant shore we left behind So here I kneel before you A broken man, a broken lens I need to heal inside you Inside the light that never ends Out of the fray Adrift on a dark and waveless sea Show me the way Could it be you that rescues me? I'm down on my knees You're pulling me up from depths below I'm willing to bleed To know The air that's kissed by luna glow So here I kneel before you A broken man, a broken lens I need to heal inside you Inside the light that never ends So here I kneel before you A broken man, a broken lens I need to heal inside you Inside the light that never ends It never ends It never ends It never ends It never ends
6.
Don't Let Go 04:24
When there's nowhere left to go And the night has left you hollow I could be something to hold 'Til the sun comes up tomorrow And it's all so hard I know But don't let go But don't let go It's all so dark I know But don't let go No don't let go When there's nothing left to do When there's no clear path to follow I could be a light for you Through the night into tomorrow And it's all so hard I know But don't let go But don't let go It's all so dark I know But don't let go No don't let go When you find you've lost control In the dark of night, in your soul There's something you should know We'll carry on my dear so take hold And never let me go Never let me go And it's all so hard I know (Don't ever let me go) But don't let go (Just take hold) No don't let go (Just take hold) It's all so dark I know (Don't ever let me go) But don't let go (Just take hold) Don't let go (Just take hold) Don't let go (Just take hold) But don't let go

about

Ideas do not exist in a vacuum. They are the result of, and informed by, the past. Previous discoveries lead to new discoveries. Like the full moon, ideas from the past guide us in darkness towards the future.

As the final EP of the Cosmos Trilogy, On the Shoulders of Giants takes its name from the Stephen Hawking book that celebrates the history of physics and astronomy. Just as scientists and explorers build upon past discoveries, VH x RR (Von Hertzog and Rob Rowe) have expanded the themes and explorations of the two previous EPs to create six new songs that illuminate a world of chaos and beauty.

The EP’s opening track “Shattered Bones,” is a dark downtempo exploration of social breakdown and the fragility of existence in an indifferent universe.

“Slipped” further explores the theme of loss first introduced in the title track of “A Sky Full of Ghosts.”

Inspired by one night on a Thailand beach, “Heavenly Outline” is an uptempo celebration of taking chances, pushing through fears, and being rewarded with something of unforgettable beauty.

“The Undertow” and “The Fray” explore the chaos of the modern world, the search for direction and the healing powers of light and love.

Hertzog says, “I see ‘The Undertow’ and ‘The Fray’ as a sort of yin and yang. I tried to use sonic textures for each that helped lend itself to the subject matter. Where ‘The Undertow’ is meant to sound more submerged and buried, as you fight against it, ‘The Fray’ is meant to sound pristine and above everything else. Clarity was of utmost importance for that track as I wanted it to sound like it’s floating, almost holographic. Together they work like two sides of the same coin.”

The EP closes with the heartbreakingly beautiful track “Don’t Let Go” and offers the listener something to hold on to in darker times.

Rowe says, “Once I had Von’s stems, the song practically wrote itself in just a couple of hours. With so many of the songs on the EPs being about some pretty heavy stuff, we thought the hopeful nature of ‘Don’t Let Go’ was the perfect way to end the trilogy.”

With the release of On the Shoulders of Giants, VH x RR have completed a trilogy that has explored the far reaches of the universe and the depths of human existence. Fans of their previous work, or any lovers of all things synth, will love this EP.

Coinciding with the full moon, On the Shoulders of Giants is available August 11th from vhxrr.bandcamp.com and hits all major digital stores and streaming services on September 10th.

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released September 10, 2022

All music written, produced, and performed by Von Hertzog and Rob Rowe
All songs mixed and mastered in analog by Von Hertzog at The Social Club

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VH x RR Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

VH x RR was founded in 2016 by Kent “Von” Hertzog and Rob Rowe. Hertzog reached out to Rowe on Twitter and essentially cold- called him to see if they could work together. Since then, despite working on their third EP together, the two have still not met in person. Hertzog works in his home studio outside Philadelphia and Rowe works out of his home studio in Seattle. ... more

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