A few weeks back, Stillwater asked me if I was familiar with the Airborne Toxic Event’s new album.
I’ve tried to listen to it multiple times and I keep getting hung up. It’s not because I don’t like sad songs (for the most part, I like sad songs a lot) but I think I prefer sad songs that are happy about being sad to songs that are sad about being sad, if you know what I mean. There’s kind of a rawness with these guys that make me wish I were listening to the Jayhawks or Leonard Cohen. They also did a trick that, for some reason, really bugs me.
Here. Compare. This is the version that gets played on the radio here:
*THIS* is the video that was only available until recently:
Compare the lyrics of the two songs. The first one is a sad song (with, granted, a jarringly optimistic video) and the second one is a somewhat hopeful song (with a video that, for some reason, always has Anna Bulbrook’s eyes either in shadow, out of focus, or closed… which strikes me as something that must have been a directorial decision because it seems such an odd thing to do…).
It feels like cheating, for some reason, to have two versions of the same song, one happy and one sad. Dunno why that bugs me, but it does.
All that to say, Stillwater: I’ve tried to listen to them but they leave me feeling raw.
So… what are you listening to?