Song: “Tripping in Triplets”
Artist: The Dear Hunter
Album: The Color Spectrum: Blue EP (2011)
Lyrics taken from genius.com
There muse be something that keeps me awake
Or some kind of pill I can take
To break these bad habits
I would lie if I said that this didn’t get tough
Two left feet on the floor in a waltz
At an odd tempo
Am I stuck at the ankle or caught at the knee?
A curious puzzle still cursing me
To follow or lead
You gave me a heart and then taught me to hurt
I can’t tell just which option is worse:
Dying pure or aware
So these feet keep on tripping in triplets to beats
Too far off for my ears to reach
Just a hint of timing
And I don’t know where I’m going
‘Cause I can’t see the road, oh it’s winding
Just as long as I keep breathing
I’ve got this uncomfortable feeling
Heavy feet, shaky hands, troubled heart
A song that emotes complexity despite the minimalism of its composition, “Tripping in Triplets”, by The Dear Hunter, is a prime example of creating a feeling through music. Clean, bluesy guitar jabs compliment Casey Crescenzo’s lyrics about love and loss. Crescenzo is joined by Cameron Thorne, vocalist of now defunct band Naive Thieves, who sings the last verse and lends his silky voice to the track. Ethereal chimes and ambiance float in the background and are joined by strings at the climax of the song, which ends with a decrescendo of the original riff.
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