For a song to be catchy and truly gain my appreciation, I’m the type of person who needs to be swooned with clever lyrics. I love to be able to read between the lines of the poetry and take something away from songs. It’s something that creates a special bond between artist and the connoisseur. So without further ado, I give you the three songs I simply can’t get out of my head.
1. “Kuroi Ledge” – A Lot Like Birds
They say to never judge a book by its cover, but I caught myself breaking that rule with this album. I initially gravitated towards it from the disturbing yet creative artwork, and I found this track to be the most memorable. The main reason this track is so catchy for me is all of the mix of raw emotion. The song starts a little slower compared to typical A Lot Like Birds tracks, but the crescendo of emotion is evident after the first few minutes. Eventually, we’re drawn into lyrics being softly spoken. The poetic meaning in the words spoken by vocalist Cory Lockwood leaves me with goosebumps. In particular, when he speaks “I always seem to pick the path with all the shortcuts open/and the lines and the circles more steadily drawn,” it speaks of how we resort to what’s most comfortable. The emotion can be felt from Lockwood when he shouts “Is there some place I belong?/Is there any place to call a home?” I would advise anyone into the post-hardcore scene to give this track a listen.
2. “Clean Slate” – Long Lost
I swear, everything that vocalist Joe Boynton touches turns to gold. Having released an LP last year with Transit, Boynton still finds the time to create wonderful music with his side project Long Lost. Though both bands are incredible in different ways, it’s evident that Boynton experiments more with indie-style music in Long Lost, especially in this track. “Clean Slate” has a minimal amount of lyrics, and the song length itself is relatively short (2:32), which makes the lyrical depth that much more evident. You’ll catch yourself clapping and singing along to the infectious a cappella-style chorus at the end of the song, saying “all the water in the world will never clean this slate.”
3. “Indoor Living” – Motion City Soundtrack
Maybe it’s because I’m still running off a concert high from seeing MCS run through their entire album I Am The Movie earlier this month, but this song is timeless nonetheless. The clever writing of vocalist Justin Pierre is evident within the first few seconds with the catchy lyrics “indoor living in cardboard confines/counts for very little when safe is just a state of mind.” If that doesn’t initially catch your interest, the patterns of Jesse Johnson on the synthesizer should be able to win you over. Without realizing it, you may catch yourself mouthing the lyrics or swaying your head to the infectious yet simple drum patterns. Every part of the song just screams catchy.