Call it what you want

Every now and then, I get excited. Really excited. By a new band that I come across. I’m usually impressed in the first instance by a single song – take, for instance, the much celebrated and covered “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye (if you haven’t heard that by now, you must have been living under the proverbial rock). And if I am really lucky, the entire album contains amazing sounds that reel me in, hook, line and sinker.

Well, recently, thanks in no small part to a random song I heard on the new music portal Spotify, I discovered this group, Foster The People.

I think I am in love. This is no passing phase. This is not merely lusting after one album. Okay, well, maybe it is. We’ll have to wait and see what they follow up with after their 2011 debut release, “Torches”. But when I discovered that the lead singer was a bit of a hotty, in that indie early twenties kinda way, I sighed a dreamy, wistful, bygone sigh…….. I am such a sucker for musical talent, across any genre it would seem…..

Back to reality….. ahem.

In particular, I cannot seem to get enough of the song below. The lyrics are sung fast, but they’re so clever. I love lyrics that make me think about them. I recommend you read along with them while you play the clip and give only a cursory glance towards the actual music video… it’s typically, um, music video-ey (I’ve never completely understood or appreciated them, sorry if that shatters any illusions).

Loving this song right now. Hard. I make no apology for the number of times any of my fellow Spotifyians (new word, just coined it) see this title go past in their “just listened to” column. I can’t help it. I am hopelessly addicted to it for now.

So, listen with me won’t you? I DARE you not to at the very least nod your head along to this. Call it a challenge, if you will! (and if you don’t then I am more seriously in need of help for my Spotify addiction than I thought… in which case, please go right ahead and plan an intervention, dear friends)

 

“Call It What You Want” by Foster The People

Call it what you want
Call it what you want
I said just call it what you want
Call it what you want
Yeah we’re locked up in ideas
We like to label everything
Well I’m just gonna do here what I gotta do here
‘Cause I gotta keep myself free
You’re ducking and moving just to hide your bruises from all your enemies
And I’m in the crossfire dodging bullets from your expectancies
We’ve got nothing to lose
You better run and hide
Yeah you’ve crossed the line
I’ve got a knife behind my back (just sayin’)
We’ve got nothing to prove
Your social guides give you swollen eyes
But what I’ve got can’t be bought so you can just
Call it what you want
Call it what you want
I said just call it what you want
Call it what you want

You’ve taken your words and you take your judgments
And stick them onto everything
If it don’t conform to what you were born into,
Then you run the other way
You say, “now what’s your style and who do you listen to?” who cares?
Well that rat race ladder-climbing fake-face smile’s got nothing on me

We’ve got nothing to lose
You better run and hide
Yeah you’ve crossed the line
I’ve got a knife behind my back (just sayin’)
We’ve got nothing to prove
Your social guides give you swollen eyes
But what I’ve got can’t be bought so you can just

Call it what you want
Call it what you want
I said just call it what you want
Call it what you want

(lyrics copied from here)

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