Day 4 – From your current favourite band

The selection of my current favourite band is maybe more difficult than I first thought. If I say what band do I most want to listen to right at this very second, well, it  could be any number of bands, depending on moods and what I’ve recently listened to. If we take the band I’ve listened to the most recently, that would be Arcade Fire, but that’s only because they’ve just put out a new album. And if I take the band I think is the best, Pink Floyd, can I say that I enjoy them a lot right now? I can’t, because my interest in them has slowly waned in the two years since I first heard them. So the question is, which band have I consistently enjoyed the most over the past few months, and I am guaranteed to continue enjoying in the months to come?

The National – Secret Meeting

So in the end, not that difficult, and in fact the obvious choice. But what can I say? I love this band.

I used this song of theirs mostly because it feels like the perfect starter song from this band. It’s a Litmus test, if you find the vocals and lyrics catchy and interesting you will love the whole discography, if you find it grating and willingly oblique you would be better off not bothering with the rest of their material. The Smiths-esque arpeggiated guitar sounds as light as air above such gems as “I’m sorry I missed you, I had a secret meeting in the basement of my brain”.

Best news of all, I have tickets to see them play Brixton Academy at the end of November.

All together now, it went the dull and wicked ordinary way…


About Alex Pavitt
I work in the field of emotion. My tools are instinctual feelings and my laptop is the medium between my brain and the outside world. I deconstruct and rebuild. I imagine. I steal other people's lyrics because somtimes, my own words aren't enough. I spend all of my time somewhere inside my head. I worship Douglas Adams, and in the back of my mind I am always painfully aware that I will never be as good as him or, for that matter, anybody else.

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