This song has been on repeat for three days. I keep having the same conversation over and over with different people. You are not unhappy. You don’t want to be alone. You don’t to be with them. What happened? Did something change? If you have ever been on the giving end of this conversation, you know your brain turns flaccid and your thoughts lose credibility and clarity before leaving your lips.
Another person talked to me about hot wax. Everyone is a little masochistic. You watch a calm candle flicker and we all dip our fingers in the wax surrounding it. Letting the heat burn your fingers. A simple reminder that you can still feel at all as the thoughts that tumble in your mind leave you feeling vacant. Hot wax acts as a reminder of reality. The song cuts back in and you hear the almost upbeat, downer breakup tune pulling you back like hot wax.
More than anything, I feel that we have seen so many shifts in what is normal and what is not. Our parents grew up thinking the person they dated in college was inevitably the one. Or if you move around too much, then you will never be able to grow. We now pride ourselves as a generation of lovers who no longer need to be monogamous with our darlings or our jobs or our zip codes or our zippers. We move around to stay present in the current.
Over a beer in a pub with a stranger I have known for ten years, he asked when is the time to settle down. He was thumbing the keys to the house he recently purchased and I could see wanderlust was already causing him to constantly itch his feet in his loafers that were cemented there in The Angel.
A listen to the angelic voice of this three-piece from Brooklyn and you will feel the longing for heartbreak. For the hot wax. The lead singer put it best when describing their debut album as “break-up songs, well atleast superficially.” Wet is currently travelling around the UK and will follow-up with a tour with CHVRCHES later this summer.
Branchez, however, brought this song to a level of hot wax. It was a beautiful, airy tune to get your head into, and then he brings his signature New Yorker bass and makes you dance and break hearts. A perfect Spring / Summer, love / break-up mix.