Suuns‘ 2013 album, Images Du Futur, ended with the droning and mesmerizing track, “Music Won’t Save You.” The lyrics are delivered empty and dejected, as if the comes as a disappointing realization from a place of wisdom. We want them to be false, though. We want to think that the music will save us, and so time and again, in places of joy and in pain, we return to it: those songs we love to dance to; those songs we fell in love to; and those songs that expressed our sorrow when it seemed like no one else understood.
Just as Norman Foster says of our need for cities in the opening of Urbanized, the thing that attracts me to new music is the surprise of the unexpected. I need it like pancakes need syrup. I’ll listen to a new discovery over and over again until the desire in my head is quenched. This mix is somewhat of a follow up to July, with an unprecedented repeat of three artists. But it has a smoother, less retro feel, appropriate as vacations wrap up, students go back to the educational grind, and summer peaks out. Peak out to this.
My coworkers are typically too annoyed by his voice for me to play him out loud, but ever since he floored me with a snarling performance of “Positive Jam” when opening for Les Savy Fav back in 2004, Craig Finn’s lyrics have been ones that I give my full and undivided attention to. One of my favorite Hold Steady lines is in “Multitude of Casualties”