Copeland -- You Are My Sunshine

Part 4 of our Copeland miniseries. We investigate the 2008 record, “You Are My Sunshine.”

“You Are My Sunshine,” a song first recorded in 1939, closes each chorus with the line, “Please don’t take my sunshine away.” And while yes, it’s actually a feeling that pervades most of the song, there’s a sadness to that repeating sentiment. That request always lurking in the distance. Simply put, it’s a happy song that is secretly pretty sad.

There’s a similar dichotomy at play in Copeland’s 2008 album of the same name. While the soundscape initially brings you somewhere dreamlike, the underbelly is a bit more complicated. We entered the back half of Copeland’s discography here, looking for a bounce back effort, a highlight before a hiatus.
This is Stereo Confidential 004, The Case of The Colorless Night.

Copeland -- Eat, Sleep, Repeat

Part 3 of our Copeland miniseries. We investigate the 2006 record, “Eat, Sleep, Repeat.”

When we sit down to look at "Eat, Sleep, Repeat," the third step in our six Copeland episodes, a majority of the investigators, plus our trusty producer, sit in record-breaking freezing temperatures. A polar vortex, they call it. And along with shutting down major cities, it serves to make everyone a little stir crazy. Not to spoil, but maybe that contributes to the reception here. Or maybe this album truly is an in-between, a to-be-continued, a readjustment that sits with better times ahead, in an experiment such as this. This is Stereo Confidential 003, The Case of Cheekbone Hill.

Copeland -- In Motion

Part 2 of our Copeland miniseries. We investigate the 2005 record, “In Motion.”

10 years after the fact, a band talks about a record. And while not totally trashing it, the frontman is dubious about whatever the band’s aims were at the time. Saying Copeland was “too concerned with making the perfect commercial record,” Aaron Marsh describes the creative environment as one of pressure, as one of chart chasing. That’s where we found ourselves on the second stop of the investigation...throwing out terms like commercialization, Coldplay and even the dreaded...sellout. This is Stereo Confidential 002, The Case of the Confused Tether.