It Never Was The Same - The Twilight Sad

from the album Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave (2014)

I spend lots of time in transit.  For me, it is most often air travel which I enjoy because it leaves me untethered from my telephone for a few hours.  This allows time to think.  Time to read.  Time to vegetate.

Music is a big part of my travel regiment.  Good tunes and good speakers create an aural cocoon that satisfies my soul.

Over the course of this year, I have found myself listening to mix tapes less and less frequently, instead seeking out longer-form sonic landscapes that can be found in well conceived albums.

The problem, of course, is that I am zigging while most of the music industry is zagging.  In a world measured in followers and downloads, why wouldn't a band focus on knocking the us dead in two minutes fifty-nine seconds rather than laboring to create an hour of substance?

For bands crafting complete albums, my noise-canceling coconut shells await.  One such band is The Twilight Sad.  Their album Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave is complete.  It has a great 80s vibe that takes me back to bands of the Depeche Mode era.  You hear it in the vocals, the keyboards, the guitar tones.

The other night, I flew from New York to Atlanta.  This allowed three listens to the complete album.  It provided zen to my chaotic existence.  The next day, the song that was echoing in my mind was It Never Was The Same.  Surely it is due to its dark beauty and hauntingly infectious melody.

Click Here to listen to It Never Was The Same.

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