Tuesday, August 21, 2018

"American Dream" by Crooked Teeth casts a dark and light reflection

American Dream by UK's Crooked Teeth rides on synth notes on top of defiant beats and bass lines. The vox melodies feel incredibly somber albeit beautiful. Midway the song swells up in an almost orchestral way as the vox fill you up with their passion. A blending of derision, disappointment, love and hope paint the between many of the  lines:  "Bless these walls with pace, you bless the American Dream for you. Blistered by the screen, salute the lone star’s what you do boy. Southern by demand, god speed your John Glenn for you boy. Hit and hope in hell, you bless the American Dream for you boy." 

While American Dream is a reflection of many times in America (and maybe the world) is seems more poignant during the "Bizarro World" of Trump and, after all, maybe the look from London is a clearer view. About the song, the lead singer says:

 “Growing up in the Nineties, we were spoon fed this prophecy of a Western utopia of wealth and uniformity. This song is just a reaction to that mirage and is driven by the effect that thousands of events like Oklahoma and Columbine have had on us.” - Robert Armstrong - Crooked Teeth.

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Robb Donker


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