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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Best Song Ever (this week): Voxtrot - The Start of Something

posted by on December 4 at 12:29 PM

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Voxtrot - The Start of Something

I wish there was an exact science behind catchy pop songs, some sort of undeniable formula that would explain why I like certain songs and not others. Of course, the formula would be different from person to person, but if you could figure out your own individual 216-digit number (that of course starts with 3.14) you could unlock the mystery of why certain music appeals to you.

I am trying to figure out why I like this Voxtrot song so much - what it is about this particular song that stands out against not only all of their other songs (which are usually good but not great), but also all the other bands that try to embrace this sound but generally don’t succeed at it. Like Sam mentioned in his Up & Coming posted below, it is impossible to talk about Voxtrot’s music, particularly their 2005 EP Raised By Wolves, without mentioning the Smiths. “The Start of Something” may very well be Voxtrot’s attempt at rewriting “This Charming Man,” but if there was ever a song that could be written again and again in variation without my complaint it might be that one. If there is one aspect of the Smiths’ song that Voxtrot has captured beautifully it is the “charm” of the original. Both are undeniably feel-good songs, walking down the lane with a bit of a strut and a small, sideways smile.

Past this point though, I’m not sure what it is about the song that separates it from all the rest as “great” in my mind. I like sound of the recording, the guitar tone - some technical aspects, sure, but that hardly impacts the overall listenability of the song over the writing and performance. I guess what really matters is that over the last three days of blizzard and typhoon, listening to this song in my car has helped me not want to drive it through a chain link fence and into the reservoir by my house.

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1

voxtrot is sooooooooooooo white!

-S F-J

Posted by ndrwmtsn | December 4, 2007 12:32 PM
2

Nope, it's Equestrian by Les Savy Fav

Posted by left coast | December 4, 2007 12:52 PM
3

"-S F-J"

...is that some sort of gang sign?

Posted by Jeff Kirby | December 4, 2007 12:55 PM
4

Couldn't agree with you more, Jeff. This is my favorite Voxtrot song. Can't wait for their show tonight!

Posted by Scottie | December 4, 2007 1:28 PM
5

"if you could figure out your own individual 216-digit number (that of course starts with 3.14) you could unlock the mystery of why certain music appeals to you."

see also chuck klosterman's failed attempt at the science of individual taste:

http://www.esquire.com/features/chuck-klostermans-america/klosterman1207

Posted by josh | December 4, 2007 1:28 PM
6

It's still Equestrian, but this decent stuff. It sounds more like the Housemartins, than the Smiths to me, although I can hear both and was a huge fan of both.

Posted by left coast | December 4, 2007 4:50 PM
7

Correction: Best Song Ever (every day this year) is "Atom" by British Sea Power.

It's True.

However, the Voxtrot song is damn catchy.

Posted by DOD | December 4, 2007 8:48 PM
8

I will cede to @7, I love British Sea Power.

Posted by left coast | December 5, 2007 5:15 PM

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