Our subject: WRITERLY POP MUSIC
First of all, when I say 'writerly,' I mean 'prose-writerly' -- because, you know, the music and association you think of when you think of poetry, that's what you expect, more or less, in a good pop song.
I'm for writerly music. That's my position. But I don't often like it. Prosey lyrics, I find, tend to kill the lift. And what's a pop song without lift?
All of this is prelude to an offering:
"Duplexes of the Dead," by the Fiery Furnaces (via Pitchfork)
Listen to this: "On the honeymoon my husband sat still / With a look in his eyes and a pen in his left hand"
Interesting, right? But you doubt you could move to it. You can move to it! REally! This is good stuff, synth and guitars w/ a David Bowie-type groove.
What say, Bell?