It breaks my heart to say that when I was in pain
I wanted you to feel the same
Category Archives: A song to keep us warm
So, I’m sort of back. The last few months have been tumultuous in so many ways, but at last I have found myself to be in a place where I have the time and mental order to try and start doing this again. The inspired peacefulness of “Song For Dennis Brown” resembles my state of mind at the moment.
I went to a funeral lately and “Kettering” by The Antlers has been echoing throughout my head ever since.
Portraying the inevitable decline of a terminally ill hospice patient, the song possesses an almost Bergman-esque sense of bleak beauty in the face of the devastating hopelessness conjured by both its gloomy lyrics and slightly eerie chord progression. It is also one of those rare songs that I have not managed to grow tired of yet, despite having listened to it an unhealthy (pun definitely not intended) number of times by now.
If you need the pain
Well you are, yes you are so much like me
Nothing lasts for long
Except the earth and the mountains
So learn to sing along and languish here
Help me languish here
Those four first mentioned lines might not sound to optimistic when put in print, but they are a part of a song that I generally tend to think of as something along the line of cherfulness. “Freeze the Saints” from Face the Truth, the third solo album by the former-former Pavement-singer Stephen Malkmus (they are reunited now, remember?), manages to maintain that pleasant quality of feeling sunny enough to take the listeners’ minds of their troubles while simultaneously avoiding the obnoxious yelping of the twee-abyss.
In other news, I am back from Germany. And I am pissed off at the hipster movement. More on that later, perhaps.
For the second time in four days, Beach House is the subject of this segment. Instead of spreading christmas joy with their holiday creations, this time they have been guesting that wonderful red-headed Irish-descented talk show host. Giving an enchanting performance of “10 Mile Stereo” from this year’s critically acclaimed Teen Dream (as Conan puts it, it “appears on numerous year-end lists as one of the best albums of 2010”), Beach House proves that they are one of the most potent live bands in their genre.
I just came home from watching the live webcast from Belle and Sebastian’s final tour date in Glasgow at a friend’s house. Before giving heed to my sleeping needs I just wanted to share with you a song of theirs that continues to stun me with every listen, even though it has been years since I first heard it. It is called “Sleep the Clock Around” and consists of four of the most brilliantly used chords in the history of pop music (and pop music has been quite decent at making the most of four simple chords throughout the ages). If you have not heard the song before, put on your headphones and marvel at its beauty. If you have: do so once more.