Song of the Day #1,735: ‘Kemosabe’ – Everything Everything

everything_everythingI learned about Everything Everything from a music blog I enjoy. This band’s latest album, Arc, was listed as the second best of the year so far.

Based on ‘Kemosabe,’ the first song I randomly sampled, these Brits are influenced by Talking Heads and XTC, both good signs in my book. This song starts out a little too crazy for its own good, but by the time it reaches its nifty chorus it hooks me.

As with most bands that get this adventurous on record, I don’t know that I could stick with these guys for very long before growing fatigued. But I could see myself digging them in small doses.

Four walls and a cauldron of Kalashnikoving,
And our home is a trigger that I’m always pulling at the border, at the,
At the border I’m at the border, at the, at the border
The short spears and the weak eternal monologuing,
And our war is the crucible of all your longing at the border,
At the, at the border I’m at the border, at the, at the border
I was there when the clamour got real I was there when your brow smashed the wall
It’s like a riot with only two perps, the more I’m here I’m making it worse
But does it feel like you’re already dead? (YES!)
And do you feel like your brain stopped delivering?
Yeah break my finger shoot out my black eyes,

What does it matter if everyone dies?
Hey Kemosabe I’m alone! Ayah! I am a! I am alone!
Hey Kemosabe I’m alone! Ayah! I am a! I am alone! Hi-O Silver away

So fast hence take an arrow from your quiver or we’re
Past-tense, what’s a trilobite to anyone?
I’m outta my depth, outta, outta my depth I’m outta my depth, outta, outta my depth
My head reels and I’m crawling down the corridor,
I can’t see, but I’m heaving like a holocaust
I’m reaching my phone, reaching,
Reaching my phone I’m reaching my phone, reaching, reaching my phone
You wasn’t there when I orphaned that boy,
(NO!) Your body was, and the white of your rollin’ eye
I saw some terrible things on that night, I done a lot of bad things with my life

I put my fingers in thee, And I breeze past security!
I know they’re checking on all of my deeds, I need a checker for all of my deeds
Hey Kemosabe I’m alone! Ayah! I am a! I am alone!
Hey Kemosabe I’m alone! Ayah! I am a! I am alone!

And we be trapped in the amber, last joy
And I’m looking at a holy ghost.
But there’s no silver bullet for a memory I,
Field dress every moment but you’re telling me that Tonto say
I’ve lost my way!
Hey Kemosabe I’m alone! Ayah! I am a! I am alone!
Hey Kemosabe I’m alone! Ayah! I am a! I am alone! Hi-O silver away!
Mmm, and I’m lost and I’m drained, ’nuff genuflecting in a penitent way!
Hey Kemosabe I’m alone! Ayah! I am a! I am alone! So yippee-kayay!
Hey Kemosabe I’m alone! Ayah! I am a! I am alone! Hi-O silver away!

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,735: ‘Kemosabe’ – Everything Everything

  1. Dana says:

    I hear the influences you mentioned, but the song also feels fresh and new. I am intrigued enough to want to hear more from this band.

  2. Amy says:

    Daniel hears a little bit of Foster the People. I appreciate the “hey” :) The Lumineers would approve. Very fresh and engaging sound; I’d definitely listen to this again and be interested to hear their other songs.

    Wonder if this will play over the credits of the new Lone Ranger movie…

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