One Song: “Crowd Surf Off a Cliff”

"Crowd Surf Off a Cliff," Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton – I’ve chattered about this one before, I know. My favorite song off Knives Don’t Have Your Back, which was officially released this week, changes daily. I love them all. But this is the one that iTunes says I play the most, so this is today’s song. It’s a moody, dreamy piece with a bite to it. Long enough to sink into and really enjoy on that third repeat listen in a row. And the kind of oblique, imprintable lyrics I cotton to. Turn it up loud in the car at night.

Download crowd_surf_off_a_cliff.mp3

In her bio, she says of this record:

Haines’ decision to release a solo album was long in the making. She says, “When I was a little kid…I would creep downstairs to the piano and write rudimentary songs about imaginary places. I’m told the first song I ever wrote was a love song to a cranberry tree. I always used the mute pedal. I hated the idea of anybody hearing me. Everywhere I’ve lived while working with Metric, I’ve written songs on the piano and played them for no one. On the advice of a friend, I decided I’d better start recording them before they were forgotten. Four meandering years later I ended up with this collection of songs featuring a few of my favorite people, a group I call The Soft Skeleton.”’

Listen to some other tracks at the Hype, then buy it.

p.s. So much for all that actual content I was going to provide this week. And I’m still dreadfully, woefully behind on email. Fill in the usual promises. Good weekend, all.

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