Sometimes we just need some sad pop music in our lives. Now don’t get me wrong, my music collection is filled with plenty of upbeat, fun tunes — songs that make me want to get up and move and live life to the fullest. But John Cusack said it best in High Fidelity when he said, “Did I listen to pop music because I was sad, or was I sad because I listened to pop music?” Regardless of which came first, it can be nice to find solace in someone else’s misery.
Enter the newest track from UK singer-songwriter Colour of Bone. A far departure from his first two electrically charged tracks released on SoundCloud, “Keep It That Way” finds Colour of Bone channeling his inner Elliott Smith as he gently strums away on an acoustic guitar while reconciling with the facts of an ended relationship. Honest and haunting are the first two words that come to mind as I listen to this track, as vibraphone and strings accent the heartache and loneliness found at the depths of the song.
And if the song doesn’t make you sad enough, then you have to check out Color of Bone’s bio. It just might be the very first band bio done in comic form, and well worth taking a look at (it contains some stellar art!).
So cheers to being sad and wallowing in one’s own misery, especially when a beautiful tune is the result.