Song of the Day #3,215: ‘Gangway’ – Guster

Here’s a nice song from Guster’s 2015 album Evermotion. Guster is a band that just doesn’t seem to record bad music, even if I don’t fall in love with everything they do.

When this track popped up as today’s Random iTunes Selection, I didn’t know it. I haven’t listened to Evermotion much and this is a deeper cut. But I knew it would be a perfectly enjoyable song, with pleasant vocals and an easy groove. Because that describes every Guster song.

I guess you could call that damning with faint praise, but I mean it as a genuine compliment. Certainly the band has released songs that are much better than pleasant, but there’s something to be said for your worst song being in the same general ballpark as your best.

Perhaps more interesting than this song is the promotional video, which features the band members seemingly in a freeze frame eating at a diner. But if you watch closely, they occasionally move, and sometimes jump into full motion. I don’t know if they really held still all that time or if the image was frozen in-between movements. I’m guessing the latter.

If I could make a wish, if I could right a wrong
If I could plot a twist, we wouldn’t be here long
I’d lean in to each turn, seeking evermotion
Soon, the walls, the house, the sky starts shaking
The clouds, the land, the sea
Gangway!

I’m swinging with my fists, shouting with these lungs
With tongue and teeth and lips I’m screaming out a song, son
I lean into each turn, seeking evermotion
See, the walls, the house, the sky starts shaking
The clouds, the land, the sea
Gangway!

I turn into each turn, sinking evermotion
Now the walls, the house, the sky starts shaking
The clouds, the land, the sea
Gangway!

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One thought on “Song of the Day #3,215: ‘Gangway’ – Guster

  1. Dana says:

    Even after you described the video, I was about to ask why you had posted a still image instead, but then I saw the movement. Very clever.

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