“See The World,” was written by Philip Zeplin and Niina Mamiya. Philip Zeplin is a 28 year old Danish singer/songwriter, currently living in Copenhagen, Denmark. While educated as a Designer, he’s done quite a lot of music over the years. Niina Mamiya is a 27 year old Japanese singer, who lives in Kanagawa just outside of Tokyo. She is a huge metal fan, though she likes to sing gospel type music too.
The song, “See The World,” was written and recorded in roughly 2 days, though mixing and video editing took several weeks after that. All the instruments on the song were played by Philip Zeplin, while the music style was inspired by the song “Africa” by Toto.
Featuring footage from Copenhagen, Denmark, the video for the song, was mixed to give the feeling of traveling the world, and to coincide with the storyline of the lyrics. The video was produced by Zeplin Designs.
“See The World,” plays witness to a completely different vocal delivery from Philip Zeplin, if compared to other interpretations of his, I recently heard. On most of the tracks I came across, Philip usually sprouts an acute, clean James-Blunt-type, pop-rock vocal, whereas on this ballad he lowers the register and harmonics, moving into Lou Reed’s monotonal territory.
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Not surprisingly however, Philip’s low tones play off perfectly against the floral sprucing of Niina Mamiya’s vocal interludes. It’s almost as if Philip provides the solid framework and sketch outline with his voice, while Niina delicately colors the canvas with her octaves.
“See The World” is piano-driven love ballad, above all else, and it is no more clearer than in the chorus line:
“See the world, with you, is all I’d ever want to do, the Himalayas, the deep blue sea, as long as you are here with me
But the pyramids of Egypt, or the jungles morning dew, nothing compares, to what I feel right here with you”
And if you’re still in doubt, the final verse couldn’t be anymore explicit:
“You, are, everything to me, and if I could, I would, I’d pick a star for you,
Everything I see, and everything in me, I give to you”
It is obvious that while writing this song, Philip Zeplin was a man whose heart was filled with love an admiration. These emotions transpire not only through the music, but in the vocal deliveries as well. The verses and choruses are never screamed or bombarded into your face to create pseudo sentiments. Instead Philip and Niina use subdued intensity to convey the power of love.
Hopefully in the near future, Philip Zeplin will be releasing a full album, where we could appreciate some more of his all-embracing musical works. In the meantime we’ll just enjoy the love-ballad, “See The World.”
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