Picture the recurring theme tune for a coming-of-age film, set around the late 90s, and most importantly, based in Chicago. The plot would follow a love story that may appear far from perfect but is likely just supported by fear and passion.
Lifeguard bring a heavy sonnet to the table with this poetic melody, filled with propulsive beats and livewire twinges. All of which are meticulously interpreted into an aural sense of adoration and a gift of affection.
Within each build-up, a motif of repetitive lyrics is spoken towards the listener as vocals boast the letters “S E N S A” over and over again. ‘Sensa’, translated as the Italian word for ‘thought’ or ‘teachings’ implies perfectly what ’17-18 Lovesong’ is about as we unravel the moral of the story.
The Chicago-trio showcase the youth side to love and the lessons that are learnt along the way. This is further explored through the track’s accompanying music video, as we see the three-piece unpick what appears to be memoirs of a previous relationship with lyrics strung across the screen.
As the pace quickens, a new pattern appears in the lyrics “Rave, Talk, Talk” as they’re continuously screamed atop burdensome bass tones and sombre drums, signifying the outcome of this tale. Although this ending may be recognisable for many, the honesty and vulnerability throughout this share of experiences truly sets the track apart.
’17-18 Lovesong’ is taken from upcoming double EP ‘Crowd Can Talk/Dressed In Trenches’ which arrives on July 7th via Matador.
Photo by Mariana Belaval
The new issue of So Young is out now. You can purchase in print here or read the digital edition below.