I’m not feeling particularly long-winded today, so let’s jump right in to the next installment of my 1000 Minutes Project, which, if you’re unfamiliar, can be recapped here. If you’re up-to-speed, read on:
When The Strokes’ seminal Is This It was released, I was a bit of a latecomer. That’s not to say that I hadn’t heard what they were doing; it was more that I simply didn’t find “Hard to Explain” and “Last Nite” all that gripping. (Apparently I’m not easily impressed by hype.) And then I heard “Someday” and caved instantly, purchasing the album as quickly as I could. Looking back and listening now, all the songs seem to have ended up on fairly equal footing, but “Someday” still makes it onto party playlists because of my particular affinity for it.
I’m not a big fan of The Walkmen; You & Me was my introduction to their music. Despite my lack of familiarity with the rest of their catalog, “In the New Year” has stuck in my head since the first time I heard it. The song is honest and hopeful about the process of getting older, falling in and out of love, and watching your friends experience the same. In short, it’s honest about life for me lately, and it’s (surprisingly) not wholly uncomfortable.