My girlfriend and I were lucky enough to see the National last night at Boston Calling, and I think we’ve found their heir apparent here with Of The Valley. The second verse really stands out to me as a gut punch:
“I wrote your letter on my face
To remind myself you are near
‘Open me in Italy’ I couldn’t, I had my own life to feed
Now I’m moving forward and it feels like you’re moving forward too
The way I move- is it touching you
The way that I move- is it still touching you”
I feel like anyone who has been through a rough break up can empathize with those lyrics. The ambivalent nature of moving on, getting better, growing up, but those random moments of thinking back and wondering who that person you used to love might be now, whether they ever think about you, whether your initial impact still has a lasting one. Anyway, just a really great song, go check them out.
You can find them on Spotify here.
And as always, they will be added to our next playlist, which you can find here.