This song is such a beautiful escape. I could be having the worst day ever, but as soon as I go to my favorite park, gaze up at the gaps of sunlight, and listen to this song, I’m in heaven. The song, as most Beach House songs, seems to last for an eternity in the best way possible; I always lose track of time being forever lost in their dream pop magic.
The song itself is comprised of half written thoughts that together form a beautiful song about heartbreak. The last portion of the song ends with a loop of the lyrics “Fall back into place”, which in the context of this song represents the crash of reality that’s often felt when someone we really care about is gone. In a way we have to fall back into place, go back into our daily routine, and somehow move on from someone that was incredibly important to us.
Instrumentally there are essentially four elements that are repeated throughout the song. The synth sets the tone with what feels like a ray of sunshine, percussion then comes in with a simple snare beat that’s constant, a slide guitar that sounds too euphoric to be real joins in, and lastly the keyboard glitters throughout the song adding variation rhythmically with its pitter-patter like playing that feels like a sunshower.
The song has an ability to make everything around me come in and out of focus. It’s almost mimicking the internal struggle of having to come out of a hazy dream, which plays into the lyrics of the song. Falling back into place and getting back to “our usual self” doesn’t come at a flip of a switch. It’s a slow and groggy process that sucks, but with songs that heal like this it seems a lot easier to manage.
I’ve listened to a lot of albums start to finish, and it’s always interesting to see what song the artist chooses as the first thing the listener hears; it sets the tone and decides the attitude towards the rest of the album. I also feel like when listening to an album, especially from an artist I’ve never heard before, there’s a point where I realize either “wow, I love this band.” or “okay, maybe this just isn’t for me.”
30 seconds into “Dead Alien” I thought to myself “Wow, I love this band”. This song made me so excited to hear what the rest of the album, SLUSH, had to offer. The song perfectly mixes punk themes, lo fi rock, and beach vibes. It starts off with this really nasty bass line that sets the tone for the chord progression that’s later played by the lead guitar. I love how thick the sound is in the beginning of the song, and as each instrument makes their appearance, the song picks up in energy, while the bass continuously contributes heavy, warm tones. Amongst the dense sound, the vocals and guitar cut through nicely with short, staccato like singing and a grunge guitar sound that easily sticks out. I’m also a huge fan of the drum part in this song. I think the addition of the double strokes on the bass drum during the chorus was genius, and I love that you can almost not hear it; it’s so subtle and great.
Overall, this song has great energy, and it just makes me so happy! Please check out the rest of the album, SLUSH, by the Naked Giants for some other great tunes.
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DEAD ALIEN(2018): NAKED GIANTS.