It’s hot. I mean, I’m sweating profusely, and on top of that, I wrapped myself in a towel, because I really didn’t want to get any more burned than I already was. My feet aren’t covered, and I can still feel the sun hitting my toes. I dig my feet in the sand to remind myself where I am. At this point I’m so mellow I can’t even think until I hear “girl, your nipple is popping out.” I open my eyes to her laughing at me. I laugh too; I mean, if anyone’s going see your nipple pop out at the beach, it might as well be one of your best friends. My mind refocuses as I adjust my bikini top. “Within you without you” by The Beatles begins to play in the background, and everything in the world feels right. A minute or two into the song my friend looks at me and says, “I can feel this song healing.” At the moment I didn’t fully feel the impact of her words; I just always played music according to my mood, and I never gave much thought to how it affected me internally. Isn’t it crazy, though? Some songs just heal, and for a few moments they make everything right; that’s exactly what “Hot Knifer” by Peach Pit is.
This song gives me such a sense of calmness; its been a go to song for me this week when my emotions have felt chaotic. Each instrument is played in such a melodic and soothing way. The lead guitar specifically stands out to me in this song. It just spews out emotion with such simplicity. I mean, when the song starts, and I hear the rhythm guitar’s chord progression I can only close my eyes in total bliss. Then at 2:01 the lead guitar enters, sounding like it’s telling its own story of heartbreak in such a beautiful way, and I promise you every time I hear that guitar part I think “How lucky am I to be hearing this right now?!”
I would also like to point out that at 2:01 every instrument in the band is playing, causing an overflow of sublime sounds: the bass line perfectly matches to the rhythm and lead guitar, the drum’s appearance adds momentum to the song with its slow and pulsing groove, the rhythm guitar’s chord progression hails from the heavens, and so does Neil Smith’s voice. I’m so happy I, by chance, came across this amazing band, and I feel so lucky to know music that heals.
PS: If you’re looking for some new tunes to check out, please check out Peach Pit’s latest album Being So Normal.