I don’t really know how else to describe this, but I’m curious if it happens to anyone else:
the thing where you hear a song and feel as though the lyrics are profoundly meaningful to you at some juncture in your life, but then when you step back and try to listen to what the words actually are you realize that they are either meaningless or not really about what you feel they should be about, so then you start to realize that it is actually some ineffable detail about the vocal melody or the way certain words are enunciated that gives you that feeling
this happens to me all the time, it just feels like the perfect synthesis of song writing and performance when it does
lately it was with the kanye west / rihanna / paul mccartney song 'FourFiveSeconds’
no joke, this song lowkey made me cry in public a couple weeks ago
i’ve noticed it also recently with a lot of songs by Chairlift, a Very Cool Band. The way I would describe Chairlift poetically, is it’s like going to Karaoke with a person you’ve known for a long time, and then only at that moment realizing that she is a fucking incredible singer who most probably feels everything in the world more deeply than you do.
But the ultimate version of this for me is the Joni Mitchell song A Case of You, except for some weird reason the version of it that really gives me this feeling is the James Blake cover. I’m not a huge James Blake fan or anything, but this song makes me love him, especially knowing he didn’t even write these words, the way he sings them is just so good.
But this is kind of cheating because I think the lyrics to this song are actually brilliant instead of just being sort of mysterious