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'Uncomfortably Numb' by Marching Band

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Marching Band: Dark And Breezy

Marching Band: Dark And Breezy

'Uncomfortably Numb' by Marching Band

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Marching Band's "Uncomfortably Numb" fuses self-awareness with self-loathing, but it's dressed up as an irresistibly cheerful pop tune. David Halstrom hide caption

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Marching Band's "Uncomfortably Numb" fuses self-awareness with self-loathing, but it's dressed up as an irresistibly cheerful pop tune.

David Halstrom

Wednesday's Pick

  • Song: "Uncomfortably Numb"
  • Artist: Marching Band
  • CD: Pop Cycle
  • Genre: Pop

For some reason, dark lyrics go well with breezy music, a formula the Swedish pop merchants in Marching Band employ to heart-fluttering effect in "Uncomfortably Numb," from their new album Pop Cycle. Ennui rarely sounds as charming as it does here, even with the underlying nod to the fact that too much of it adds up to a wasted life: "Way back in the back of my lazy head / I feel like I owe someone something / You can't laugh away / That one day will be collected," Erik Sunbring sings. "Face reality if you want surprises / Although I'm not really thriving in that environment / Will I regret it?"

"Uncomfortably Numb" sprinkles its self-awareness with an ample dose of self-loathing and languor, but it's dressed up as an irresistibly cheerful pop tune. The appropriately named Sunbring's delicate voice, lilting melodies and sprightly arrangements mask a dark undercurrent, and the result is a tune that's as intriguing as it is infectious.

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