Music Monday: “River of Brakelights” by Julian Casablancas

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Music Monday is a meme, created by Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek, where I focus on a song I absolutely love and feel needs to be shared.

Song: “River of Brakelights”
Artist: Julian Casablancas
Album: Phrazes for the Young (2009)

Lyrics taken from genius.com 

We might be in for a late night
Stuck in a lava flow of brake lights
I can hear a rattling bass drum driving back to where it came from
Sit back

I shop therefore I am the cause, protect me from what I was

Getting the hang of it, getting the hang of it getting the hang of it, getting the hang of it
Getting the hang of it, getting the hang of it, getting the hang of it, getting the hang of it
Timing is everything, timing is everything, timing is everything, timing is everything…

I’m at your feet, where critters meet
Who should be asleep and not crossing roads or highways
In the afterlife of super cities, rapidly devouring its outskirts
Its neon octopus arms redecorating late at night

Robot camp for kids who hate sports
Mothers crying at the airport
Finding drams you left behind to do, waving goodbye your young heart cries for you
Sit back

You’re finding it hard to get very far
But we were born waiting in line
Grabbing the future by the eyes

Getting the hang of it, getting the hang of it, timing is everything, timing is everything
Getting the hang of it, timing is everything, getting the hang of it, timing is everything
Timing the hang of it, getting is everything
Getting the timing of everything hanging is
Hanging the getting of timing the everything

Like batteries we die, like rivers we dry
We fuel and recharge, that’s humans and cars
My fun, my sun, be my homework done
Where did you go, you were my ride home

Is that what we want, is everything shot, is that what you asked for, ‘cause that’s what we got?

Nothing stands still
Nothing stands still

Julian Casablancas, the lead singer of The Strokes, embarked on his solo career with with 2009’s Phrazes for the Young, which featured this track. A combination of electronic pop, rock ‘n roll, and dance music, “River of Brakelights” is an upbeat song that translates the terror of gridlock. Distressing situations are described in the lyrics as drum samples and synth clash with electric guitar to create a new age sound while Casablancas recites repetitive phrases and their variations. The metaphor and imagery of this song are fantastic and combine with the instrumentation to hypnotize the listener into a state of urgency.

If you enjoyed this song, please feel free to check out the artist’s social media accounts below!

Band Links:
Website
Twitter
Instagram
Facebook

The image used in this post can be found through the hyperlink below.
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