Words. Words. Words. Give me words so I can describe how much I love the Breeders.
*30 seconds later*
Okay, the words came, and I want to talk about my favorite song off of Pod, the Breeders debut album. Men and Gentleladies, I give you “Iris”, the heaviest song from the Breeders. And for anyone who immediately associates the word heavy with metal, I just want to remind you that heavy, by definition in a musical context, is the emotional weight that a song carries. And let me tell you, this song is HEA-VY. And if you disagree please try me in the comments, because I sincerely would like to know another song from them that is heavier than this.
All animosity aside, Kim Deal’s vocals, crackling and all, is just one element that quite literally screams heavy; they sound desperate and full of raw emotion, perfectly encapsulating the weight of this song. I think Steve Albini, the producer of this track, needs much love, not necessarily for what he did do, but for what he didn’t do. Thank you for not over-producing this track and making it some squeaky clean indie rock. I think the minimalistic production perfectly pairs with the simple elements of the song. For example Josephine Wiggs’ bassline is so simple, but it sort of builds a looming anticipation as the song progresses from verse to chorus. Or what about Kelley Deal’s guitar solo mid song? Even then, somehow, it’s a guitar solo that doesn’t want to grab attention in an obvious way; it’s simple with beautiful tone and somehow mimics the same desperation Kim Deal’s vocal has. The song is my go to song when things just feel wEiRd. I’ll just go to my car at 2:00 AM and sing along with Kim Deal, screaming “WHEN IRIS SLEEPS OVER, IT’LL BE ALRI-YI-YI-IGHT”. Thank you for the Breeders for creating this eerie masterpiece. And thank you for reading.
I love this song oh so very much. And I hope you do too.
Please help yourself to a click and enjoy a live and studio version of the song below.
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