Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Awakening

It's one of those breathtaking songs. "Coming Down", the newest track from fuzzy grunge-girl rockers Dum Dum Girls is actually quite the opposite from what we're used to hearing out of them. No muffled vocals, no buzzing and angry guitars - only the heavy honesty in lead singer Dee Dee's voice, some piercing solos and a melody that sounds like they ripped their own version of "Fade Into You" by Mazzy Star.

Listener discretion: this one sticks with you. I put it on a few weeks ago for the purpose of easy listening, but with each new listen, the stinging messaging put forward by the Dum Dum's became more obvious. Maybe it's the really heartbreaking lyrical meaning, which resembles one we've probably all felt in bad relationships or during our most jaded of times. Maybe it's the transcending clang of the early-90s guitars, swirling in the air above you and tugging on your heartstrings in a darker way than "Fade Into You" did. Maybe it's at 3:30 when Dee Dee howls like Chrissie Hynde into her microphone, sending chills down your spine as she releases the words "There I go."

Or maybe it's tiny truths like this, that rock your world to utter, and most likely rock the world of the person on the receiving end. "You abuse the ones who love you/ You abuse the ones who won't/ If you ever had a real heart/ I don't think you'd know where to start." Crushing and dark, but from the first strum of the melancholy ballad - they suprisingly slide in like poetry.

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