Every so often I make up a mix CD of my favorite songs at the moment; mostly new songs, but with some old songs sprinkled in for flavor. I thought it’d be a neat feature of this new blog to go through, song-by-song, and explain a little about why it appeals to me.
The Bravery are an indie band from New York City. There’s not too much that separates them from other contemporary indie rock bands, other than they’re a little older and more mature than average (and that have appeared in this blog). I first was exposed to them through their fantastic video for “An Honest Mistake”, which, incidentally, made my Summer ’05 CD. The video features a Rube Goldberg, which makes me love it instantly. (The full list of the sequence is in the Wikipedia link for the song.) After that, though, I hadn’t heard of them, until the release of their first single from their second album, “Time Won’t Let Me Go”. The song is another one that sucker-punches me with its lyrics, especially the lines: “When I look back on the best days of my life / I think I saw them all on TV“. (Keeping with what seems to be a theme, the video for this song features cardstacking.) Based on the strength of the single, I went ahead and bought the album The Sun and the Moon, expecting it to be more of the same light summer fare. Instead, it was surprisingly introspective, focusing mostly on the concepts of religion. Fortunately, there were a couple of decent driving-with-the-windows-down songs, so it wasn’t a total bummer.
Next time: a song from one of the best new singer-songwriters