Weightless Heart

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After a decade-long break, veteran indie-rocker Krister Axel enlists top producer Shane Leonard to elevate this expression of pride and self-determination into a melancholic roots-folk anthem perfect for fans of Ray LaMontagne. Krister Axel brings the easy folk vibe of Southern Oregon to the streets of Paris, where he once busked as a child on the steps of Sacre Coeur, singing the songs of James Taylor, Cat Stevens, and The Grateful Dead.

Now, twenty years into adulthood, Krister has a beautiful wife and family, a career as a music blogger, and a firm handle on his artistic core. This song was written after the birth of his first child - daughter Adeleia - and encapsulates some of the wonder and joy of parenthood, while also exposing the vulnerability of being needed and the emotional freedom of early childhood. With contributions from rising star Courtney Hartman on hollow-body guitar and vocals, and a who's who of Eau Claire session players, this new single from Krister Axel is his best project yet and marks a resurgence for Axel's signature blend of heart-on-a-sleeve lyricism and moody, soul-inflected Americana. Weightless Heart bears the mark of Shane Leonard's indie-pop aesthetic with a live-tracked session and a prominent hand on the Mellotron.

lyrics

I build my world all around you
I shed my tears all about you
There's a light on the mountain
Shining over the rain
I could be what you wanted
What you need once you've started
There's a light on the mountain
Shining over the rain

Weightless heart
You've got a weightless heart
There's a weightless heart inside of you

Don't give your trust too easy
But don't make it too hard
If there's a star that's falling
Sometimes you just let it fall

Weightless heart
You've got a weightless heart
There's a weightless heart inside of you
Weightless heart
You've got a weightless heart
There's a weightless heart inside of you

You're the reason for everything
You're the reason that I believe
Don't accept those things that bring you down
If you're doing it wrong just turn around
When the light comes in we'll work it out together

Weightless heart
You've got a weightless heart
There's a weightless heart inside of you
Weightless heart
You've got a weightless heart
There's a weightless heart inside of you

credits

from Weightless Heart, released November 5, 2019
Vocals: Krister Axel
Acoustic guitar, vocals: J.E. Sunde
Guitar, vocals: Courtney Hartman
Bass: Jeremy Boettcher
Drums, Keyboard: Shane Leonard
Piano: Ben Lester
Production: Shane Leonard
Sound engineer: Brian Joseph
Mix: Shane Leonard
Mastering: TW Walsh

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Krister Axel Ashland, Oregon

Hi, my name is Krister Axel. I am a roots-rock veteran of the indie music scene, and I have a degree in Poetry. I am a published lyricist, composer, and songwriter. I started playing piano in White Plains, New York because our black upright piano fascinated me and my sisters hated their piano lessons. That was in the 80's and I have never stopped writing songs.
My music blog is called CHILLFILTR.
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