• about in degrees by foals: "and i like the idea of the song being the type of track that would bring people together on the dance floor, it would be a sweaty, communal direct moment of connection, and yet the lyrics are about social dislocation, about being alone. and i like the paradox of that"
  • about slow dancing in the dark by joji: "i'm quite prude with my lyrics. i wouldn't say it was a sexual reference, it was more just like spend time with me for just another night or something. i wish i was cool enough to make sexual references like that"
  • about syrups by foals: "it was essentially like the first half was this quite pristine computer recorded version and the second half is basically the band after a few drinks trundling into the practice room and sort of assaulting it”
  • about what the water gave me by florence + the machine: "that's always been such a strong image: going to the river with your pockets full of stones" & "i was kind of fascinated by those stories about children who are swept out to sea, and their parents go in after them and try to rescue them and it sounds horrible, but because the children are smaller, they get swept in unharmed whereas the parents are drowned. it's like the sea demands this sacrifice. there's that line in the song: 'they took your loved ones and returned them in exchange for you but would you have it any other way?' and you probably wouldn't"
  • about nadir by tender: "originally an astronomical term, “nadir” is derived from the arabic “nazir,” or “opposite to.” it is used inversely to “zenith” which references a point in the sky located directly overhead. by definition, it is “the lowest or most unsuccessful point in a situation;” figuratively representing the lowest point of a person's spirits"
  • about curse by koda: "i wrote 'curse' steeped in depression and the guilt that comes with that – which is rare. there's a myth of the tortured artist that is complete bs; i can never write or do anything in low periods, much less anything good. so 'curse' was an oddity for me – i think it helped pull me out of this toxic non-romantic relationship i was in at the time, where i ceded all control of myself and lost confidence in myself. it didn't liberate me, but it was the start of crumbling those walls"
  • about no plan by hozier: "'no plan' is a disco-y stomper inspired by physicist lawrence m. krauss' belief that we should rejoice at being so lucky to even have this relatively brief moment on earth, are about greeting the chaos with a laugh and a shrug. 'it's like, well, here the fuck we are'"
  • about you're somebody else by flora cash: "the song was sparked by that period of sadness we talked about. we both wrote it together, but it was actually me talking to myself – i felt like i was not myself; i was projecting my normal self, but i did not feel my normal self. and i thought about shpresa – 'the part of you that you see only when you are older'. i think that sometimes we see things in ourselves and people that they don't see – the seed that is going to bloom throughout a person's life"
  • about talk by hozier: "there's all these lofty notions of, kind of, of true love, and lofty tales and kind of romantic language is used in the verses. and the chorus just admits to, like, 'i'm only using this language to distract from the fact that i'm trying to seduce you here, for fear that you find out how i'm imagining you'”
  • about moderation by florence + the machine: "echoing the sentiments of 'hunger', florence realises that although she felt as though finding love would solve her feelings of emptiness, she misjudged the realities of a relationship, which only made her more unhappy" & "the song itself is about reaching outwards and being cross that someone can't give you what you want"
  • about joy by bastille: "'joy' is about waking up on the kitchen floor and suddenly the anxieties of everything that's happened, everything you've done and said, the problems of the world you've been trying to forget, all of the sudden come flooding back in, and then you get a phone call from that one person who can set your head straight. i guess sometimes redemption can come from the smallest, most innocuous pieces of human contact, and also i wanted to touch on the irony that we've looked at phone addiction earlier on the album, but ultimately it's the thing that pulls you back from the brink. in these bizarre, weird, complicated times, it's easy to be nihilistic and pessimistic and i'm like that very often, but i wanted the album to have an arc. it would have been easy to end in a super-negative way, but forcing ourselves to have a little bit of optimism felt important to the album"
  • about bad decisions by bastille: "on one level, it's about the stupid shit we do that we know isn't good for us, but we do it anyway. it's also about that point in a relationship where you can both identify that it's potentially quite self-destructive and probably best to end things, but there's bits of it you don't want to let go of"
  • about imagination by foster the people: "we can be our own best friends. we can be our own mortal enemy. we can ski the alps in the peak of summer from under our bed covers at night. we can sail the high seas with yeats and pick his brain about the afterlife in the holy city of byzantium. we can fall in love with a stranger that passes us on the street, forming a complete history and future with a person we've never even spoken to. our internal life is a universe, worthy to be explored and engaged. a dangerous place full of desires, undiscovered and unfulfilled. in our imagination we can escape our reality and create a new one"
  • about feel something by bea miller: "when you're experiencing pain of any kind, all you want is for it to go away. but weirdly that pain is kind of what makes you feel like a real person, so when nothing is going wrong, but it's also not going right, and you’re just in the middle, you feel empty. and that's almost worse. that's what i wrote this song about"
  • about baby i'm a queen by sofi tukker: "'baby i'm a queen' is about embracing tumultuousness and vulnerability. just because you are vulnerable doesn't mean you have to let yourself be belittled or infantilized. (why is 'baby' the default nickname?) we are strong and empowered because we cry, because we desire, and because of what is chaotic about us. this song is about standing up as powerful and strong because of that courage to share ourselves. it's about being both a baby and a queen at the same time"
  • about you don't get me high anymore by phantogram: "'you don't get me high anymore' is kind of about this feeling of everything being redundant and nothing being good enough. metaphorically, it's about addiction. [...] it also taps into this idea of wanting to feel something. basically, wanting to feel something strong and doing whatever it takes to feel it again, because you know it feels good and you miss it" & "trying to pretend everything’s okay in the midst of this strange chaotic feeling — life moves fast and it's hard sometimes to keep it all together. to be this person that you (and others) want you to be. 'mannequin handshake / cellophane landscape” is about finding it difficult to develop friendships with people. like everything is fake and on the surface, everyone is putting on this face based on what they think you want them to see you as"
  • about wonderful life by bring me the horizon: "i guess on top of that there's this inner crisis i have of being a boring person but still having a desire to go wild inside me every now and again"
  • about mateo by tove lo: "'mateo' is based on a guy that doesn't even know what he puts people who are falling for him through. growing up, i was never the first one to be noticed. i was competing with beautiful girls who wanted the same guy as me that would always get the attention. you ask yourself, 'how do i get their attention if i have different things to offer?' it’s always embarrassing to be in love with the one person that everyone also wants"
mar 11 2019 ∞
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