Valentine's Vibes: Five Songs To Get You Through V-Day
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:11:26
The Thermals Videos
Valentine's Day will soon be here. Whatever your feelings about this candy heart shaped holiday, we at ARTISTdirect value them. We appreciate diversity of opinion. We cherish complex, nuanced, and hard-to-define emotions when it comes to music.
Love is a big word. Maybe too big for just one day of the year. So, in honor of the holiday created to sell cards and chocolate, ARTISTdirect presents a list of love-themed songs released this past year. But make no mistake: This is no ordinary list of Valentine's appropriate songs, nor is it your grandma's sugar-coated, made-for-TV Valentine's mix. It's a long drop from the top of Mount Love, so buckle up!
Without further ado, here's a little soundtrack for whatever Valentine's Day shenanigans await you.
Song: "My Heart Went Cold," The Thermals
Feels Like: Reckoning day. Straightforward and lucid declaration of self-knowledge amidst a sea of confusion. Sounds hard-won.
Key line: "My heart went cold/This I know!"
Song: "Will You Marry Me," Sultans of String
Feels Like: A surrogate proposal. Check the title. No question mark here.
Key line: "If you shake your head, I'll understand/And become a Buddhist in the south of France."
Song: "The Promise" (When in Rome cover), Mint Julep
Feels Like: A true feeling. It might sound corny, but that's OK. Honesty is corny.
Key words: "I promise you I will."
Song: "I'm So Happy I Could Die," Skylar Gudasz
Feels Like: Sarcastic whimsy. Poker faced kissoff disguised as a crestfallen breakup dirge verging on healthy self-parody. It rocks in a no-frills, charming way.
Key line: "I'm so happy I could die right now/I'm so happy since you left me."
Song: "I Know It's Over" (Smiths cover), Jeff Buckley
Feels Like: Elegant paralysis. Bittersweet heartbreak verging on unhealthy self-pity. What you would expect when Jeff Buckley and the Smiths are uttered in the same sentence.
Key line: "Tonight is just like any other night/That's why you're on your own tonight."
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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