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Singles Lost in Time: The Clientele + The Knife

Hello and welcome to Singles Lost in Time, where we dig through our library here at idobi (like monks sifting through historical texts) and we dust off some absolute bangers that never got their proper time in the sun.

The Clientele – “Reflections of Jane”

Breathy vocals and surreal lyrics transport you to the saddest breakup you’ve ever dreamed of in The Clientele’s “Reflections After Jane”. The band is famous for paying homage to surrealist poetry in their songs, but their greatest achievements come straight from lead singer/guitarist Alasdair MacLean’s fusion of ephemeral instrumentation and uncanny lyricism. “Reflections After Jane” is perfect for sitting with your feelings after a breakup you keep telling yourself is amicable, but you’re a terrible liar.

The Knife – “Pass This On’

The Knife are a sister and brother duo of undeniable talent. In “Pass This On” they manage to make Caribbean steel drums absolutely haunting—I am still having trouble wrapping my head around it. Electro-pop is the easiest label but the siblings’ sound is clearly experimental and progressive. Lyrically, “Pass This On” is full of queer subtext and insecure sexual feelings. Your Unrequited Love playlist is a good place for this song but, honestly, it’s robust enough to be listened to pretty much anytime.

 

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