Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Modest Mouse - Float On b/w I've Got it All (Most)
Anyway, "Float On" is a great song that sounds like nothing in the Modest Mouse catalog before it. I know the Modest Mouse catalog because when I was in college I spent a decent amount of time looking for music that was borderline unlistenable because I wanted to be cool. Modest Mouse isn't unlistenable, but it was unlikeable as far as my roommates were concerned. It's just a great pop song with a driving beat and lyrics that might as well be rama-lama-ding-dong for how much I care about what they mean.
The b-side to "Float On" is more of the Modest Mouse I know. It's quirky, offbeat, full of stops and starts, and ultimately doesn't go anywhere. I prefer the a-side, but the b-side makes me feel smarter. Maybe that's why so much of college rock is angular and hard to enjoy. You feel smarter if you can enjoy music that openly defies you.