Welcome to Track Life, a new daily column in which Jacob Knight shares what he thinks to be the best in music, both new and old.
After yesterday’s bit of R&B scored morose introspection, I thought it might be a good idea to turn it up a notch.
Chairlift’s “I Belong In Your Arms” (from last year’s LP, Something) was the best selection I could come up with, as it’s such an incredibly breezy bit of new wave. Caroline Polachek’s airy vocals lift Patrick Winberly’s skittering synths up from sounding just this side of amateurish, and once the chorus kicks in, the track veers from being a mere “indie” (God I hate that term) curiosity into a full blown slice of pop perfection. And while Polachek’s lyrics aren’t anything revelatory, her enthusiasm more than makes up for lines describing her “melting into” her lover as she pushes her voice to the point of cracking. While I never found that the rest of Something lived up to this single’s blissful three minutes, the record’s definitely worth a look, as it’s better than your average “chill wave” release.
“I Belong In Your Arms” is the type of song that makes you wish it was springtime forever, so that you could roll down your windows and speed down a back road with your girlfriend or wife, its melody leaving a sugary, sonic trail in your wake.