What a magnificent sound they create in this song! This was one of their first songs of a great few from the same album, such as “Holes” and “Goddess On A Hiway”. It’s a beautiful song, which isn’t just noise, there is a great use of string instruments and vocals to create such a dramatic tone, the same sort of tone “Mercury Rev” are always good at creating.
The mix of dramatic strings and a child-like voice is almost haunting. In usual cases that mixture is terrifying. The way they make it like this makes you really appreciate them. It’s so dreamy, and that’s really what they should be like, they never used to be able to do that very well. However this song just shows how dreamy they can be with their potential. It’s quite a bizarre song in the way that the pop music is very orchestral-based, the way they use this orchestra is really quite beautiful, they use it to make the music sound so emotional and soaring. They’re very talented.
Album: Deserter’s Songs
Genre: Dream Pop
Favourite Part/Lyrics: The whole eccentricity of the lyrics, “‘I’m Alive’ she cried but I don’t know what that means”
Recently, Mercury Rev’s “Deserter’s Song” was reissued, which contains a song that caught my attention; “Opus 40." Ironically, the song mentions a suicide machine, which the recently deceased Dr. Kevorkian brought to fame (though he dubbed it "mercy machine.”) There is probably no correlation between the two, I’m sure he didn’t schedule his death around an indie band’s album release date just so people can spot the tiny referance (if it can even be called such) and write a blog about it on Tumblr. I mean, the song also mentions Spanish candles, but the Spanish candle industry didn’t do anything of significance lately…that I know of. I honestly don’t know, I’ve lost touch with the Spanich candle association (I had to ask them to stop sending me informative e-mails and raping my inbox with their irrelevance.) But I digress, the timing of these two events happens to be just one of those little coincidences that occur every once in a while that give people an excuse to post a video they like above a completely meaningless caption. Best of luck to Mercury Rev, and R.I.P. Jack Kevorkian, you mighty conquerer of existence.
“When history looks back, it will prove what I’ll die knowing.” - Jack Kevorkian (1928-2011)