Okay well for my first post rambling about Alex’s lyrics, I think I should elaborate on my recent post that highlighted how obvious it was that he wrote this bit in Alexandra Savior’s song, Vanishing Point:
Spectacular blacklight posting neon sky
To which the sun so quickly unsubscribes
Want to call it a night
But I think they might be onto us
‘To which the sun so quickly unsubscribes’ is such an Alex line. His voice is so distinct, he really shouldn’t co-pen songs if he doesn’t want us to know it’s actually something he wrote. Especially because he used an elaborate phrase, 'the sun so quickly unsubscribes’ (hello personification, a poetic device. but he’s not a poet, he says) immediately followed by a simple line of 'want to call it a night.’ He does this a lot, actually. Also within 1 line he will use multi syllable words followed by less complicated, more simple sounds. Whether or not that’s because he’s writing a song that has to fit into a certain count is debatable (like yeah that could be why he does it), but it is very much a dead giveaway. This line: “Spectacular blacklight posting neon sky.” Spectacular and backlight are lengthier, whereas the other three words are short. Spectacular is a word with 4 syllables, which makes it stand out among the others.’To which the sun so quickly unsubscribes’ - there, too.
The song uses a lot of imagery Alex has also used in the past. “And I think they might be on to us” (“Make sure you’re not followed,” in Vertigo), slipping off the radar, hiding. He is always personifying objects, or things, or ideas. The line “Everybody else can eat my dust,” How him is that? (“I took the batteries out my mysticism and put them in my thinking cap” is what that reminded me of, just less lengthy.) He uses a lot of vernacular that the average person wouldn’t use. Like 'Shall we make believe they’re chasing us?’ It’s almost unfair to use this song as an example because I don’t know too much about Alexandra’s own personal writing style, but I know Alex’s well enough to spot it when I see it.
To move away from that, about two weeks ago I was talking to a few of you about my intense obsession with Dracula Teeth’s lyrics. I was wondering what triggered him to write this, since it is kind of a strange subject matter for Alex. We usually get romantic, half vague comparisons of the sky to a girl’s face or something. However, while doing so I overlooked a line in the song, literally in the first verse, the first three lines, that tells you exactly what the song is about. And what it is about is him drifting away, (falling asleep) with old films on his television. He’s just going… To sleep. With old films, resulting in having nightmares/dreams about vampires. So, in theory, this actually happened to Alex - he just fell asleep watching tv, woke up halfway through the night with wacky dreams. Instead of ignoring it, he wrote the experience into a song. And for that, I literally cannot stand him for being a brilliant asshole.
And with this post, someone please at NME hire me I am willing to relocate and be paid in circus peanuts.