Whisperlights: A Water-Drenched Blur "Eaten Alive" practically oozes soothing melodies, with warm textures washing over whimsical guitars.
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'Eaten Alive' by The Whisperlights

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Whisperlights: A Water-Drenched Blur

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'Eaten Alive' by The Whisperlights

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The Whisperlights' "Eaten Alive" practically oozes soothing melodies and warm textures that wash over whimsical guitars.

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Monday's Pick

Song: "Eaten Alive"

Artist: Whisperlights

CD: Wake Up Dead

Genre: Pop

The music of the desert isn't always light and airy. The Whisperlights may come from Tempe, Ariz., but the band's breezy, beachy songs are hazy and even poppy.

"Eaten Alive" practically oozes soothing melodies and warm textures that wash over whimsical guitars. And, though there's plenty going on, the track often sounds like one effortless, water-drenched blur. But the soothing sounds and unpolished vocals are juxtaposed with bizarre, disconcerting lyrics about becoming a sea monster's shipwrecked dinner: "The welcome sea so cold below us / Out comes a creature from the deep / She picks us out of mangled wreckage / and snaps our legs off with her beak."

The unique shape of "Eaten Alive" is in some ways an extension of its sound. The song starts out small, with only a repetitive drum line, cymbals and some white noise. But by slowly adding layers of guitar and vocals, it eventually opens up to a big, heavily textured dream. This gradual motion recurs in different ways a few times throughout "Eaten Alive," creating something wave-like and downright seaworthy.