This song speaks to me in a way that I can’t truly explain. It speaks to a part of me that hasn’t been happy in years. This song not only shows that even the happiest person can live through something that changes them. Something that leaves the breathless and makes them believe the lies that the world tells them. But it also shows that the opposite can occur. It is just as possible to not necessarily erase those marks but to move past them. To become happy. Those marks are a part of you but they don’t have to define you completely. It is possible to be happy again and I think this is something that everybody deserves to hear. Even if it helps just one person then it has been completely worth it.
I’m deeply saddened to learn that Mika Vainio of Pan Sonic has died at the age of 53. This opening track from Pan Sonic’s second album Kulma was my first impression of his music and remains my very favorite to this day. His repertoire and myriad aliases (Ø, Philus, Kentolevi, Teknonivel) and projects (VVV, IBM, ÄÄNIPÄÄ, and several others) remain a testament to his prolific nature and his singular musical voice.