Battles – Ice Cream
Any song that opens up with a call to arms stating we should “destroy the bogus capitalist process that has destroyed youth culture” usually would launch into wailing guitars and bitter lyrics about society and the revolution that needs to begin. However, the Radio Dept. then launches into a smoothly melodic song about alienation and getting left behind. This call to arms is accompanied not by a clap of thunder but instead a dreamlike passage into peace. Like a dream, the song fades out leaving only the message and pleasant feelings.
I found this song on a free iTunes card at Starbucks and kept it on repeat for over a week. The lead singer’s voice is an acquired taste, but after the first few (or in my case, eight) listens it begins to make perfect sense and the raw emotion of the song progressively starts to hit you as you listen to the regretful lament of a man watching the love of his life walk down the aisle toward someone who is not him.
Another perfect song for rainy days, this has just enough bass and unorthodox sound effects to keep you intrigued but not overwhelmed. One of those no-genre tracks, I especially love the employment of the coin sound from Super Mario Bros.