A retrospective account of fading intimacy between two people who used to love each other. “I Knew You Better” by Divine Sweater is sweet, dreamy, nostalgic alt-pop that is sure to have you bopping your head and tapping your foot in no time.
Lilting vocal harmonies are combined with grooving synths and cheerful keys, creating a charming and playful single underscored by very honest and real subject matter. This is the first single off the band’s second album, Divine Sweater Presents: The Ten Year Plan, which is due out for release on March 26th, 2021.
In a press statement, Divine Sweater describe the theme of their new album, and it’s one that most of us can relate to in one way or another:
“Throughout our twenties, we have each been asked countless times where we expect to see ourselves in five to ten years. Our album touches upon the ways in which we lie to ourselves and to others about the economic, professional and social plans we have in place. More importantly, it addresses the fact that plans, for the most part, are nonsense anyway because life is unpredictable.
Our songs tap into a few specific feelings: knowing you are living your life wrong, longing for a lifestyle that aligns with your passions, yearning for a fostering community, and doubting that any of these aspirations will ever even come to fruition.”
I don’t know about you, but the sentiment encapsulated in the theme of the album hits home hard for me, especially in terms of most plans being nonsense because life is unpredictable (cheers, 2020, you were a vibe.) With that said, this is a really comforting, lighthearted take on the matter, and is a great soundtrack to have by your side as you let go of expectations and take life one day at a time.