Valley Hush had shared "Goodbye, Sweet Mango" with me about a month ago. It was unfinished, unmastered really. As a blogger (me) who they felt was inline with their vision, they sent it out of curiosity, to hear my blogger thoughts.
This type of thing doesn't normally happen. It is not a usual correspondence between blogger and artist. That said, it has happened to me twice and both times what these artists had shared with me was pure magic. Oh! The hypnotic healing power of hauntingly good music.
Spellbound, I replayed "Goodbye, Sweet Mango" 200 times in a row excited to paint some words about it. When Valley Hush told me it wouldn't be ready until today, well, I marked my calendar.
Now, I have an odd attraction to mangoes (read my review of Real J's "Fresh Squeezed"). I've also spoke openly on my blog about the meat of a mango. 'Large pieces wiggle in my fingers and when I place them in my mouth they slide down my throat like an oyster. Thinking of mangoes and oysters as one in the same makes me feel funny.'
Mangoes are something to behold, something seductive, magical, and not to mention, sweet. To say goodbye to a sweet mango would be a sad day indeed.
And that's what Valley Hush intended with this song – mangoes as a metaphor for longing – an exotic, tantalizing, lush feeling or place that makes such a wonderful mark on your soul that you're 'paralyzed dreaming' of it (as the lyrics say). In a way, that's kind of like love, true love. No?
At any rate, I'm truly in love with this song. Hands up high for another insanely good track coming out of Detroit.