Broken Bells- Holding on for Life (written by James Mercer and Brian Burton and produced by Danger Mouse)
File this under hi-fi electronic folk hop if you catalogue by genre. Broken Bells is a group whose sound is difficult to describe. Danger Mouse is known for his hip-hop production, often found in the hip hop/rap section or record store. However, James Mercer of The Shins is known for his influence on indie rock and helped to popularize more of the freak folk artists in the mid 2000’s.
I happened to find this in new releases, because the album ‘After the Disco’ had just dropped. This single has a catchier feel with more energy than their previous releases. We loved their first album and assumed it would just be a one-off project, but were surprised and excited to hear that they were working together again. Although it’s not quite dance music, this song has enough of an upbeat tempo and invigorated vocals that it might be possible to slow dance comfortably at a live performance or in the privacy of your bedroom.
I’m particularly drawn to this track for its lyrics. I can relate to the feeling of simply holding on to life especially when I was bedridden for eight months. Exactly a year ago, marks the time when I started to regain my independence and ability to walk and not have to be bathed and put on the toilet by Frank’s daughter. She’s the best roommate of all time for committing to that horror of a person that I was and sticking with it. I’m forever indebted to her and this tune reminds me of that part of my existence.
I would recommend playing this song after accomplishing something because it will remind you that failures are just a part of living.
– Mr. Richard
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