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
Matt Jenko is a university postgraduate and music producer with an unhealthy obsession with Rick & Morty and all things Game of Thrones. When he’s not in the studio (a rare occurrence these days), he’s fueling his passion for music either on the net or out in the real world. He likes being out in the nature (in the least strenuous capacity though, let’s be real here) and chilling with his cat, and he’s also pretty proud of his mammoth collection of books that he’s never read.