Sammy the Seal

“Did we even know?”

In vinyl on Friday, 20 May, 2011 at 19:14

Song: Sweetest Kill
Artist: Broken Social Scene
Album: Forgiveness Rock Record

Sexy. I can’t remember exactly how Kevin Drew introduced this at the show last year, but the gist was that this was a song for exes, and despite the prettiness, it clearly is. The mood and rhythm are very seductive (those drums… simulating heartbeats, perhaps?), but make no mistake: the tone is mournful. I imagine a scene of two persons who know it’s over, but engage in one last bout of lovemaking, as a sort of closure or funereal commemoration, with each secretly, faintly hoping that it will save them somehow. Borderline melodramatic, yes, but this is definitely an elegy.

Of course, if it weren’t for the songcraft, it wouldn’t even be worth discussing. The melody swoons, the awesome slow-burn throbbing of the bass and drums have my head and torso bobbing, and those rather simple, but completely enjoyable drum fills that are scattered throughout? Mwah, les battements justes!


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