Out of all the songs on the S3 soundtrack, which ones do you think are the most revealing about Even's POV?
hi my anon! this is an interesting question! i’m sorry for the late reply, i just wanted to give it some thought first. i really like replying to you guys, but sometimes it’s hard to explain my thinking in coherent sentences (there’s also the fact that i’m not a native english speaker). anyway, the soundtrack plays an important role, it’s almost like an invisible character of its own. everything is told through isak’s pov, so you sort of assume that the songs are mostly reflecting his feelings, but when Even casually confesses that he’d been pining for Isak since the very first day of school it changes the way you look at some scenes. so i’m going to try and take a look at some of the songs in the light of that revelation.
nas - the message
this is the song that plays when Isak and Even are getting high by the windowsill, talking about nas. there’s a line that goes i never sleep ‘cause sleep is the cousin to death in this song and Even refers to it in his first drawing, but it’s actually a sample from his earlier song n.y. state of mind which is on the album illmatic which is the album Isak proclaims to be the best one ever made, so i’m not sure which song Even’s referring to with that line. i feel like they listened to illmatic together and not this song? anyway, there’s a lot going in this song, part of it is a diss track, but there’s a verse that goes we used to score together, uptown coppin’ the rawbut a thug changes and love changes and best friends become strangers, word up, which i feel like could give some insight into Even’s pov. he’s changed schools, lost contact with his old friends, and his relationship is about to collapse. it also fits with his idea of having to lose something in order to have it forever.
5 fine frøkner by gabrielle
i’m sure we all know this song by now. it plays right after Even’s confessed he’s never felt like this before, and Even’s the one lip syncing to it. i think this is a shared pov, and the lyrics tell us what it is that they’re feeling and have never felt before. the lyrics can also be interpreted as foreshadowing Even’s mania, but i don’t agree with people who found this scene unnerving. falling in the never felt like this kind of love can resemble mania in the sense that you feel invincible and you can hardly sit down because you’re constantly high on feeling and you make some very bad decisions.
high for this by the weeknd
so this is a very hedonistic song, there’s sex and rolling. they take a a lift all the way up to have some sexy times so it’s a fitting song. Even’s manic episode begins after this song, and i’ve seen a few comments where the whole high for this scene is viewed as sad because of it. and i disagree. there’s sex and rolling, which seem like things Even is into because he strikes me as a man who appreciates wordly pleasures, but i think the lyric i’m right here is also important here in the sense that even when Even’s having a manic episode, he’s still Even, he’s still there. it’s not a lie. his feelings are not a lie.
so these are my contenders for the run but feel free to disagree!
edit. i forgot i’m kissing you!!! ahhhh!!!!! because Even is the ultimate romantic and in that moment he probably does let himself think that he’ll be better, he’ll be stronger, it’s all going to work out for them. gift to me forever is such an Even line because he’s a little obsessed with forever.