For me, a winning song is one that combines atmosphere and power to deliver the listener to an entirely new world. One that energises them, motivates them, and refreshes them. A song so moving that when they return to earth, they do so with a wholly new perspective that puts them in the right frame of mind to Save the World!
'Stand By Me' is exactly that kind of song. Airy and expansive, it starts slowly before melting into a swirling arpeggio that pushes you headfirst into the drop. And fuck me, what a drop! Exploding like a supernova into a super-slick groove laced with ethereal vocal chops, it's easy to feel as though you're soaring through the cosmos.
Lyrically, 'Stand By Me' paints a very real picture of vulnerability, honesty, and the inescapable fact that when it comes down to it, nobody is flawless and everybody makes mistakes. We all need a centre of gravity to keep us from floating away, and this track is a raw and open celebration of this unifying force of human experience, expressed perfectly by Kristen Olsson's otherworldly vocal delivery. Not to mention the DIRTY guitar solo!
Embrace the fact that we can't get it right all the time, and remind yourself that it's okay to be a little bit broken and a little bit reckless. It's the flawed characters amongst us that make the best superheroes!
Himalaya by Ellipsis
The Music to Save The World playlist is sponsored this month by Himalaya from Ellipsis.
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About the curator - Matt Jenko
Hi my name is Matt, but my friends call me Matt. I’m on the wrong side of 27, definitely feeling my age, but never felt happier and more content than I do at this point in my life. I’ve been through some rocky patches (who hasn’t) and lived to tell the tale, and boy do I gots some stories.
When I’m not putting my soul through existential hell in my day job, I’m making music, drawing pictures (and making them move in time to the groove, playa), and writing about everything from high-concept sci-fi rigamarole to my thoughts on the intricacies of the music industry.
I’ve been curating for musicto for bloody ages now, and am certainly one of the old guard; my fellow curators are like my family. I love belonging to this tribe of like-minded cats.
If you’re into music that paints vivid sonic landscapes, then we’re going to be the best of friends. And if you’re a Westerosi or from Rivia, hmu: I can talk about that shit all damn day.