FLOAT ON

Artist: Modest Mouse

Genre: Rock/Alternative

Notable lyrics: 

I backed my car into a cop car the other day
Well, he just drove off – sometimes life’s okay
I ran my mouth off a bit too much, ah what did I say?
Well, you just laughed it off and it was all okay
And we’ll all float on okay
And we’ll all float on anyway, well
A fake Jamaican took every last dime with that scam
It was worth it just to learn some sleight of hand
Bad news comes, don’t you worry even when it lands
Good news will work it way to all them plans
We both got fired on, exactly, the same day
Well, we’ll float on, good news is on the way
And we’ll all float on okay
And we’ll all float on alright
Already we’ll all float on
Now don’t you worry we’ll all float on alright
Already we’ll all float on alright
Don’t worry we’ll all float on
Alright, Already
And we’ll all float on alright
Already we’ll all float on alright
Don’t worry even if things end up a bit
Too heavy we’ll all float on alright

If the going gets tough, this song will have your back. It’s the therapy you never knew you needed.

Modest Mouse is an American rock band formed in 1992 in Issaquah, Washington. The popular members, among the 15 who have come and gone, include Isaac Brock (lead singer and guitarist) , Jeremiah Green (Drummer), Eric Judy (bassist), and the fabulous Mr. Johnny Marr (guitars). If Johnny’s in a band, you know it’s a great one.                          Modest Mouse is one of the most popular indie bands (oh, the irony) you’ll hear one speaking about. Among Alt-J, Mgmnt, Arcade Fire, and The Shins, Modest Mouse has established itself as an indie mogul. With 12 albums out, each album having a weirder name than the previous one, ‘Float On’ appears on their 9th album, ‘Good News For People Who Love Bad News’ released in 2004. Emerging as one of the most famous indie songs in existence, ‘Float On’ has won a Grammy for the best rock song in 2005.

In an interview with The A.V. Club, lead singer Isaac Brock discussed the song’s positivity, a turn from the band’s earlier, more dour material.

I was just kind of fed up with how bad shit had been going, and how dark everything was, with bad news coming from everywhere. Our president [George W. Bush] is just a fucking daily dose of bad news! Then you’ve got the well-intentioned scientists telling us that everything is fucked.

I just want to feel good for a day. I’d had some friends die, and with Jeremy kind of losing it… After we got out of that dark spot with everything melting down with the band, I just wanted to make a positive record. I think we managed to make a quarter of the record positive, and the rest is either kind of dark or more just relaxing into things being how they are, resigned

The song talks about how having a shitty day, or a week, or a month, or a year, isn’t too bad, as that too, shall pass. For the first time, a song about Optimism hs been created that’s not entirely out of everyone’s level of comprehension. It’s brilliant in a way that it’s literally helped thousands deal with bad times, which is what music in itself must do. The simplistic and relatable makes it all the more comforting.                                                          There’s absolutely no impediment in the way of the efficient usage of drums, and the characteristic indie guitar tune which was originally introduced by the underground bands of the 80’s, and is still put into use. The occasional guitar strums and the Windows XP noise is a bit annoying, and that’s that. As a whole, the song is very catchy and spirit-lifting, with an inherent sense of enthusiasm expressed well enough.

The music video is also rather artistic, with the band members being represented as paper puppets putting on a show in front of a barn. According to Songfacts, ‘The video takes place by a sheep slaughterhouse. As the sheep get rounded and get taken to the slaughterhouse they become scared. The song seems to be reassuring the sheep that it’s OK and that even if they die, they’ll “All float on.”‘ Pretty self-explanatory.

Needless to say, this song is one of the very few songs I almost never skip when found on a shuffle. Never fails to lift my mood, and remind me that ahead of shitty days lie the ones with rainbows and butterflies everywhere. In the end, it’ll all be worth it.

TWO WEEKS

Artist: Grizzly Bear

Genre: Rock

Notable lyrics: 

Save up all the days
A routine malaise
Just like yesterday
I told you I would stay

Would you always?
Maybe sometimes?
Make it easy?
Take your time

Think of all the ways
Momentary phase
Just like yesterday
I told you I would stay

Every time you try
Quarter half a mile
Just like yesterday
I told you I would stay

Would you always?
Maybe sometimes?
Make it easy?
Take your time.

Happy seeming sad songs are a popular trend now, I see.

Grizzly Bear is an American rock band from Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2002. The band consists of Edward Droste, Daniel Rossen, Chris Taylor, and Christopher Bear. Grizzly Bear, along the likes of Beach House, Vampire Weekend, and so on, is also an acclaimed alternative band.

‘Two weeks’ was released in 2009, in the album ‘Veckatimest’, named after a small island in Dukes County, Massachusetts. The album was further nominated for the ‘Danish Music Award for International Album of the Year’. The song, even after failing to climb the mainstream charts, was featured in various ads and T.V. shows, and has been sampled by popular artists like Childish Gambino and G-Eazy.

‘Dreamy and eccentric’ is what describes the song best. The vocals are unnaturally airy, and the music surreal. The electric piano, electric guitar and drums, with a soft and gradual jingle during the chorus, gives the song a very transcendental, yet edgy ethos. Written about the gradual rupture of a relationship, the song masks the pain hidden in the lyrics with the beautiful, wholesome music. Lead singer Ed Droste writes:

“Take your time” is not sarcastic — it’s serious. Slow down, take your time. It is about reassuring someone who you are with, telling them that you are going to be there even though you are both bored of it. Would you just sometimes take your time, would you make it easy, can you just not stress?

Although the music video appears to be a bit unsettling, what with the overly googly eyes, and the firecrackers bursting out of their heads in a church (is that what it feels like to be in a terrible relationship?), the savvy composition of the song makes up for it. With Background vocals from Beach House’s Victoria Legrand, the song takes you into another dimension, the one you never knew existed, but once had a dream about (oddly specific, I know). What’s wonderful is how good of a travelling song this is. ‘Two Weeks’ also apparently is Grizzly Bears’ most popular and widely listened-to song, and it rightfully deserves that acknowledgement.

D-D-DANCE

Artist: The Royal Concept

Genre: Indie pop

Notable Lyrics:

In a room with both of your rivals
You would always turn it around
Once you go, once you get started
Always had that look in your eyes
You would always reach without trying
I didn’t spend this time to fall out
Watch me take my chances on the weekends
You could always read me by heart

Always on the go, keep your head up now
Na na not quite that high
D-d-dance dance dance till you get it right
Always on the go, keep your head up now

Wrong decisions are inevitable. Every one often takes wrong decisions, only to realize how foolish they’ve been. ‘D-D-Dance’ is a happy-go-lucky song speaking about the same. The singer pleads to his girlfriend to not doubt their awry relationship, even after how skeptical she’s always been about dating someone his kind. In reality, you never almost date people your type, so she has no idea what the hell she’s on about.

The Royal Concept is a Swedish Indie Rock band formed in Stockholm in 2010. It currently consists of lead vocalist and guitarist David Larson, guitarist Filip Bekic, bassist Magnus Robert, and drummer Povel Olsson. They all look like a sophisticated bunch of Rock stars, with the characteristic long hair and the hipster appeal. Their songs mostly range from punk-rock to Indie-rock. The band also has its distinct sound which is easily identifiable, especially with the, um, very quirky voice behind all the songs. If I’m being just, it actually only accentuates the entire scheme of indie music. You can’t possibly go wrong while making independent music, since the point is ambiguity and experimentation.

The smart drum beats, the pitch-y electric guitars, and the excellent use of the cymbals, the most underrated parts of a jazz drum set, makes the music very hard to comprehend, which means you’re doing well. You don’t want your music to be an open book with no substance; the heavier and more complex the music, the more  professional you seem to be. The lyrics contradict the mood of the song, which is a trick people often use to produce super hits. Beside the usual drama. the song has a very unique configuration, with the snazzy drum bit playing a very important to miss. Without the use of Electronic music, the song replicates an original EDM song, which is saying something. It’s really hard to get over this song in less than a few weeks. Play it early in the morning for a more melodramatic effort. If there’s a playlist named ‘songs for a foggy day’, this one’s perfect for it.

MEN’S NEEDS

 

 

Artist: The Cribs

Genre: Indie rock

Notable lyrics: 

I’m not bothered, what you say or how you dress
I’m a mess, so you’ve always seemed inviting
But really, this all seems quite meaningless
And I remember that you never seemed to see
The fact that man’s needs
Man’s needs are full of greed, are full of greed
A man’s needs, man’s needs
Are lost on me

Here’s a good ‘I didn’t know I needed this until now’ song. This one’s a major stress-buster, take my word for it.

‘Understanding a woman is hard, but so is understanding a man’ is basically what I’ve learnt from this song. People in general are confusing. They say something, but mean another. To make sense of every word will leave you in a state of dilemma. So kids, let go and screw people, you don’t need ’em. (In case it was unclear, I was kidding. You obviously need someone to save you while you drown or someone to give you a CPR).

‘The Cribs are an English indie rock band originally from Wakefield, West Yorkshire. The band consists of twins Gary and Ryan Jarman, and their younger brother Ross Jarman. They were subsequently joined by ex-The Smiths and Modest Mouse guitarist Johnny Marr who was a formal member of the group from 2008 until 2011.’ HEAR THAT? THE FAMOUS JOHNNY MARR WAS A PART OF THIS BAND, HOW COULD THEY NOT BE AWESOME!

Although Marr only joined the band after the release of this song in 2007, this song is exceptional in the way only a true 2000’s song could be. This song was released at the time of rediscovery of punk-rock, hence the overused theme of a woman being a pain in the arse was used. The song speaks about the enlightenment the singer had about how toxic his girlfriend is. Basically, the singer was just too desperate to be alone. It’s all quite evident from the music video, with the woman going berserk and destroying all the instruments.

While the theme isn’t all that worldly, the excellent use of resources at hand, is. The music is so fresh and authentic; it sounds nothing like a modern-day rock song. The electric guitar track has lost its hard-rock essence and has been turned into something more melodramatic and attractive. The vocals are in-the-face, and suitable for a song which is essentially grunge-meets-funk-meets-pop. All in all, the song is very catchy indeed. There was a time when I just couldn’t stop listening to it. Thanks Spotify! (Not an Ad. Seriously, try it for yourself and see).

Also, is it weird that I find the twins sexy, despite their terrible dressing sense?

 

 

TAKE ME OUT

Artist: Franz Ferdinand

Genre: Indie rock

Notable lyrics:

I say don’t you know
You say you don’t know
I say, take me out!
I say you don’t show
Don’t move, tide is low
I say, take me out!

This song is what is best described as ‘one of the best Indie rock prodigies of the 21st century’ (That’s right ‘Arctic Monkeys’ and ‘The Strokes’, I’m looking at you for you made the cut more lavishly).

The band has a rather interesting name I previously failed to notice; it was named after the infamous Archduke, Franz Ferdinand whose assassination triggered the beginning of the First World War. Released 14 years ago, you’re still in for a major roller coaster ride of physical enthrallment and an extreme case of ‘disco legs’. The song starts off with a mild (not so mild, to be fair) and brilliant electric guitar riffs while gradually exploding into what can be defined as a ‘sudden surge in the level of adrenaline’; It’s essentially divided into 2 parts: the exciting part and the more exciting part, each equally capturing. In all honesty, this is one power-packed song, potentially the background music of a cool teenage super hero’s life with some great taste in music. Complete with the exact amount that essential gritty and edgy vocals, one listen and you won’t need EDM to, gee, ‘hype you up’ anymore.

The video appears to be filmed on the inside of a 19th century statistics text-book? (who am I kidding, it’s been the same lessons for centuries now) basically the epitome of an eccentric Brit rock song (they’re Scottish, I know) and intellectually buzzing lads. Now, addressing the elephant in the room: what IS the song really about? My pals, it’s the same meaning as the title – asking someone out except you’re going to be a part of the most Emo relationship ever (the song was released in early 2000’s, what do you expect?). Cleverly coined lyrics, a good amount of dedication and this song is the perfect proposal song for that rock star chick/bloke you’ve been longing after. If they ever happen to call the song ‘out-dated’, MOVE ON, they’re not the one. So if you’re ever lucky enough to be asked out with the smooth assistance of this sell-out, make it a point to never let them go because what have you even got to lose?

STUCK ON THE PUZZLE

Artist: Alex turner

Genre: indie

Notable lyrics: I’m not the kind of fool
Who’s gonna sit and sing to you about stars, girl
But last night I looked up into the dark half of the blue
And they’d gone backwards

Fingers dimming the lights
Like you’re used to being told that you’re trouble
And I spent all night
Stuck on the puzzle

This song, the solo work of the same Alex Turner of the ‘Arctic Monkey’s fame, is the opening OST from the movie ‘Submarine’. the plot revolves around a Welsh teen, with his slumped life and depressed parents, approaching his classmate in order to lose his virginity before his sweet 16th (teenagers, am I right?). Jordana, the aforementioned girl, is a very feisty girl, very keen on going about the whole town with a familiar hand in hers, preferably Oliver’s. He, Oliver, later gets cold feet and cuts his ties with he- you know what, watch the movie. I highly recommend it. It’s a very modern and strange outlook on love; teenage love. there’s no chance for you to get out some yawns, though.

The best part about the whole movie? the savvy decision of choosing dear Alex to make the music, which he has done so brilliantly and meticulously, each song better than the last. of all the 6 songs, this one’s my favorite. Far from his usual style of strict indie rock, Turner has approached the audience with more appropriate ballads which definitely captures the essence of the movie. Alex and his beautiful, intricate style of writing pleases everyone, all the god damn time. from ‘Arctic Monkeys’ to the ‘The last shadow puppets’, he has never failed to impress a wide variety of the listeners. With the ’70’s rock star meets a modern hipster rocker’ éclat,the young James Dean is a proper heart throb, that goes around stealing hearts and capturing smiles with his wonderfully crafted music.

With as little as a single instrument, the guitar, he still manages to outshine most meaningless performers these days.if that doesn’t highlight his talent and his ability as a proper musician, I don’t know what does or what will.

 

STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER

Artist : The Beatles

Genre : Psychedelic rock

Notable Lyrics : ‘Let me take you down

cuz I’m going to Strawberry fields,

 nothing is real.’

Living is easy with eyes closed

Misunderstanding all you see

 it’s getting hard to be someone

but it all works out’

Ah, the glorious Beatles and their artistic approach to making music. I wouldn’t lie and say the song isn’t about drugs. In the high rise of the late 60’s and the early 70’s, that’s all one ever wrote about – sex, drugs and living life amidst a constant cycle involving those 2, especially if you’re an infamous rock star.

Beginning their career as a wedding band in the late 50’s, The Beatles gradually rose to fame sooner than most people even earn a degree. they were the talk of the town and the shimmer in every teenager’s eye. boy, were they ever crazy! you could’ve mistaken the ‘Beatles’ fan club for a bunch of lunatics who went and collected a stampede to ruin the city.  soon enough, they began to gain popularity among all classes of the society – right from the tots to the seniors.

Owing to their eclectic ideologies and technological advancement in the sphere of rock ‘n’ roll, you don’t fail to see why they were musical prodigies. till date, people cherish the music they’ve put out for us. their music can only be described as ‘vivid, eccentric and virtual’. It is a clever mix of art, drama, creativity and lyrical genius.

This song (one of my absolute favorites of theirs), has a rather Bond-esque aura to it. nobody can really make true sense out of the song, not until they’re on cocaine or heroin. but the use of a variety of instruments and clever, outspoken lyrics adds to the charisma of the song, making it one of a kind. If I were you, I’d listen to it on a lonely night or while getting high (not that I EVER have). but hey, each to their own. be free to experiment.

Also, here’s a guide to listening to ‘The Beatles’: always wear both earphones or you’re always missing out on something.