TOTD: Plushgun “Lukewarm”

Plushgun is back! After stepping away from music for far too long (or at least not making any new albums), they are bursting back on the scene with Just Impolite 2! No, I’m kidding. As I’ve matured as a person, so has Plushgun’s sound. Pins and Panzers was an album that definitely wore thin due to it being overplayed, but I think I may be even more excited about their new direction.

Plushgun’s new song, Lukewarm, tells a story that everyone is familiar with: unreciprocated love. Not necessarily being completely relegated to the friend zone, but you fell a lot faster than the other person.

With eloquent violins and a plucking banjo pulling together what would otherwise be a rather repetitive guitar line, the key to the song is the way that Dan Ingala’s  voice blends so well with the female vocalist (I tried to find her name everywhere) as you can feel the distance between them grow throughout the song.

And so, I think you should know,
I’m kind of a mess but I figured you’d guess
You say embrace the things that make you most scared,
Well I’m wingless and weightless and stuck in the air

Wait, maybe hesitate,
Don’t rush the choice that determines our fate
You say embrace the things that make you most scared,
If there’s no you to lose, I’ve got nothing to fear

You say it’s lukewarm,
I’m standing in fire

A verse formed on that feeling that everyone gets when jumping into a relationship is immediately followed up by doubts from the other party. (It’s important to note that if you’re following this theory I have, you have to prescribe to the idea that she is responding with the line, “If there’s no you to lose, I’ve got nothing to fear.”)We all know at that point it’s unfortunately too late to do anything about it. There are unfortunately no tethers when it comes to love. Cheesy, I know, but it’s true. Don’t pretend you’re too tough to feel things, you robot.

Draw your own conclusions about the song, and let me know what you think. Any way you cut it, it’s an incredible song; especially considering the same band made the soundtrack to my raucous late teens/early 20’s…okay…they weren’t raucous, but my affinity for Plushgun’s previous albums remains the same. Lukewarm is just proof that they’ve been stalking me my whole life and figuring out what I’m listening to at that time because this is straight in the vein of my current playlists.

-Seth

 

 

Mid-day Music Blast: Erik Mutzke “Friends Again”

Stressful day at work so far? Let the smooth voice of Erik Mutzke carry you to the end of the workday. Erik has a voice that is truly all his own, but sounds like an old friend, warm and inviting.

Dropping in new pieces like the harmonies and the piano keep the song from growing stagnant, and keeps the listener engaged for the whole song.

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Every season has it’s choices
and we all make our decisions,
and life flies by with unimportant moments

You were beautiful and honest
I’ll remember you that way
I’d like to try and be your friend again someday. 

These lyrics are from different parts of the song. They’re just the ones that really got me, so I figured I’d share them. This song rings true for almost 100% of the people on this planet. We’ve all had that relationship where decision after decision has been made to get you to a point where things have ended, but looking back you realize just how unimportant the decisions truly were that you let define that relationship. Then you remember that person as only their best qualities, and think about what it would be like to be friends again with them. I’ll tell you this, not as a cynic, but as a friend: The quickest way to remember why things went wrong is to open that door up again. Some things should live in your mind as what you thought they were. Like Space Jam. Seriously. Don’t watch it again. You will be disappointed.