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18 apr 2006, 15:50

I have been an avid listener of Death Cab for Cutie music for over a year now. It's weird; I have a different Death Cab for Cutie song for every ex-girlfriend I've ever had.

Summer Skin makes me think of my first true love. Things went so well, until we had to leave for college. After dating happily for a year and a half, we broke up in October and even had completely stopped communication by mid-December. We had left our love in our summer skin. On a musical and tonic level, if you'll notice, the instrumental melody is taken at a slow pace, the notes only struck as the previous note fades out. This gives us the feeling that we are barely hanging on to the melody. The scarceness of the melody makes it that much more powerful, playing second fiddle to the drum beat, a characteristic of this piece which grips me.

I totally relate to Tiny Vessels. It makes me think of my ex, Casey. Not good times, and as such this is a very depressing song. It couldn't be phrased any better. I just lost the feeling, it wasn't really anyone's fault. I couldn't tell her I love her anymore. Anyone who has experienced something like this knows exactly what I'm talking about, and that's what is so gripping about this song; it's a song that everyone can lyrically relate to, from both sides of the coin (as the person being left, and the person leaving another, after the love fades). The slow build from the quiet echoes of the beginning gives the listener the sensation of the confusion and sorrow, soon building to the booming chorus, immediately grabbing your attention, symbolizing the turning point of this relationship, then fading once again into quiet as he snaps back to the reality of the situation. Very powerful.

Enough of my sappy stories. There are a lot of favorite songs of mine, especially Death Cab for Cutie songs. In my humble opinion, A Lack of Color is one of the most beautiful lyrical pieces.
If you know how to read it and have a general understanding of the metaphor, it really hits you hard. Revel in it, figure it out. It's a tough cookie to crack, but it's worth it. :)

"And when I see you
I really see you upside down
But my brain knows better
It picks you up and turns you around
Turns you around, turns you around

If you feel discouraged
That there's a lack of color here
Please don't worry lover
It's really bursting at the seams
Absorbing everything
The spectrum's a to z"


On a musical level, the effect of the lone guitar gives this piece a very solitary sensation, a sensation of "black and white" continuing with the reference to color, as mentioned in the song and in the title. The bus engine in the background gives this song a true feeling of a man just thinking to himself about their lover. One could even look deeper and assume that the lyrics are really a poem, and that the "speaker" is writing them while riding a bus (a common practice of poets).

Musically and tonically speaking, one of the most intriguing songs is Little Fury Bugs, awkward but sweet dissonances in every bar, the slow melodic guitar line containing a very depressing overtone, with the dissonance used to paint the picture of the difficulties in this relationship.

Transatlanticism is yet another favorite song of mine, as both a lyrically and musically astounding piece, the 8-minute epic gradually building from a quiet intro filled with watery echoes to an explosive ending of dynamicly high volumes.

The entire Transatlanticism album is all-around my favorite of their albums, with more than 3/4 of it acting as some of my favorite songs by them, and the ability to listen straight through the album every time adding to the enjoyment and replayability factors.

I'm glad to have discovered Death Cab for Cutie, as they have been one of the greatest musical powers in my life over the past year, as I hope they will continue to be in the future.

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  • mordecai84

    That is a beautifully written journal entry.

    18 apr 2006, 16:14
  • oOhnooo

    What an amazingly written entry, especially since it shows a personal connection to the music. And I agree, A Lack of Color is one of the best lyrical songs by them. :)

    18 apr 2006, 17:17
  • explique

    Summer Skin makes me think of things like that too. Nice entry.

    18 apr 2006, 18:39
  • no_sensitivity

    Yes, Death Cab does seem to have a song from different aspects of love. All Is Full of Love is another great song also. Nice reflective entry.

    18 apr 2006, 18:42
  • DisillusiondOne

    I don't know how you can think of Death Cab for Cutie songs which deal with soured relationships without specific mention of Tiny Vessels. Read up on the lyrics and you'll see that there's no denying it.

    18 apr 2006, 21:33
  • princessash

    ur right about lack of colour it is definatly one of their best lyrical pieces it is really beautiful

    19 apr 2006, 00:59
  • appleyard46

    I agree, DisillusiondOne. Originally, the post had mentioned Tiny Vessels, having elaborated on the beginning message that I have a different Death Cab for Cutie song for every ex-girlfriend I've ever had. In writing about it, I really couldn't talk as strongly about Tiny Vessels when I made this post as I would have liked to, and I had a hard time elaborating on it beyond the point of connection to my ex, so I chose to omit it entirely from the post (probably not the best choice, but my choice nonetheless). You can actually see mention of it in a reply on the Death Cab for Cutie - Official Fan Group. [quote]I totally relate to Tiny Vessels. It makes me think of my ex, Casey. Not good times, and as such this is a very depressing song. It couldn't be phrased any better. I just lost the feeling, it wasn't really anyone's fault. I couldn't tell her I love her anymore.[/quote] Perhaps now would be a good time to elaborate and touch on some more things that I think are important in this song. If I were to elaborate on this, I would continue by saying: [i]Anyone who has experienced something like this knows exactly what I'm talking about, and that's what is so gripping about this song; it's a song that everyone can lyrically relate to, from both sides of the coin (as the person being left, and the person leaving another, after the love fades). The slow build from the quiet echoes of the beginning gives the listener the sensation of the confusion and sorrow, soon building to the booming chorus, immediately grabbing your attention, symbolizing the turning point of this relationship. Very powerful.[/i] That would be about the extent of it. I edited all of that into the journal. I hope that touches well enough on Tiny Vessels.

    19 apr 2006, 03:48
  • DisillusiondOne

    Nice, man...what an excellent amount of respect for a phenomenal song. I appreciate your style as well as your open mind to commentary from those of us on the outside looking in.

    19 apr 2006, 14:21
  • Liamtreasure

    Comment.

    20 apr 2006, 15:55
  • cassian123

    Thats a great journal entry, and I agree about A lack of Color, Tiny Vessels and Little Fury Bugs. I find it interesting how a lot of your taste is hip-hop based and yet there is room for a band like death cab in your top ten. It's rare to see such diversity, but in a way its not surprising because Rap is about the lyrical expression of the rapper/MC and Death Cab are a very lyrical band.

    21 maj 2006, 11:24
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