I’ve been a very good mood today. My teaching commitments are done for the year and I have dived back into my research. The sun has been shining and I’ve been contemplating a summer of much fun.
This collection of tunes are on the melancholy side. It’s not quite morose, slit your wrists stuff. But, relative to the bands previous two albums, it is more measured and downbeat in temper.
There are more tracks built around piano rather than guitar. Several of the tunes are quite dire in their content. What Sarah Said is a real departure for the band with Ben Folds-ish keys, and a heartbreaking insight into the experience of watching a friend pass out the wrong end of the intensive care unit.
There is still much to admire and embrace here, but just not on a summer day par excellence.
As an aside, this was a very astute Xmas present purchase from my now sis-in-law a few festive seasons ago. Nice choice Steph!
File under: Synch with sinking feelings