The Youth Experience
Villager's "The First Day" is a song that encapsulates the whiplash of youth through a cacophony of sounds and levels boosted with youthful exuberance.
It's the honesty of it that really gets to me. It doesn't try and create symbolism for being young, confused, overwhelmed, and beautifully pure - the song just is.
It opens with a crackling unedited voice struggling to almost hold on to itself and builds into this smash of instruments, entertaining vocals, and a melody that throws you from one foot to the other like a kid experiencing love for the first time.
Villager has always been a follower of the odd folk sound - always experimenting and trying out new things, but what they've done with this sound experiments in a completely honest way. This song would be at home in a folk garage bands list of songs to play at the neighborhood show - it's as much for youth as it sounds by the youth.
A masterstroke in emotional design in music, it's niche yes, but hell if it isn't good.