I'm kept awake because a few days ago, my oft-mentioned artistic muse the Pack AD released a video for a song from their last album, along with a four-song EP. There should be no doubt that I downloaded all five items from iTunes as quickly as possible; to say that I've been excited for new material from these ladies is a massive understatement.
The EP, entitled 'Meta Animal', has 'Animal' from their last album, 'Motorvate' a song they played on tour last year, but was only available to download for people who pre-ordered the last album (like me), a cover of the Three Oh Sees 'Nightcrawler', and 'Back in a Hole', a new song.
Can I tell you about that new song?
The first time I listened to it I was struck by the airy, almost sweet quality it seemed to have. Its acoustic; the vocals and guitar are without the usual hard edge that characterizes their music. The song is musically beautiful and Becky Black has an incredible voice, but lyrically it left me with a distinct pit in my stomach.
After listening twice more that uncomfortable pit just grew; the song made me extremely emotional. To say I felt 'sad' seems trivial because it was something more than that... I felt heart sick and I had to convince myself to listen to the song again. When I paid more attention to the lyrics, I realized there was absolutely nothing airy or sweet about them. While I can hear two 'voices,' its the desperation and loneliness of someone drowning in themselves that stands out the most...
... I'm likely wrong about those lyrics, but I know this painting is going to be emotionally draining.