I like The Dangerous Summer. They’ve always been the band that rekindles my passion for the love of music and have always struck me as genuine artists. Their music never falters and has yet to compromise, which to me is the most tiring initiative to invoke.
On that note, their dedication to style and consistency is admirable and familiar in their newest track released from Golden Record, “Miles Apart.” It offers familiarity in that it sounds like something TDS would produce. It doesn’t stray too far and cause confusion but it isn’t a bore either. It’s exactly what’s expected based off of experience.
However, there are some notable differences, thank goodness. The beginning employs a redundant chord line that eventually leads into some lyrics. But as the song takes shape, it’s refreshing. The melody is pretty but rough. It’s even and remains constant, with each instrument in focus. Actually, it takes more of a background role. It emphasizes some pretty main lyrical points, but it feels necessary. Without such obedience, the song would fail. It accompanies in all the right places. So, I guess the surprise comes in the form of how the music is just used as a transitional piece. It’s new.
The lyrics are also up to the usual TDS standard. One starting line, “I will take you home with me/just say you won’t let go of me at all,” is nice and sets up the premise. It’s basically a story about love and the defiance it takes over things like distance or selfishness. Lines like, “and I’m believing in a miracle/trace emotion to the brink of pain/let the world be cynical/cross an ocean to begin again,” show just how defiant that feeling can be. The real kicker, “Time spent miles apart/on a long drive from a pay phone/know that I never had doubt/this where days feel more complete/living here with you,” really sways some feelings. It’s beautiful really, that such despair can weave wonderful words.
Normally, I would mention how romantic songs are a thing of the past, and I’d like a fresher take on said subject. But TDS has done their fair share of self-exploration and I think it’s time to cut AJ Perdomo some slack. Plus, their take on the subject of love usually has some sad undertones, which I absolutely love. Call me a hopeless cynic.