We started watching “Nine Perfect Strangers” on Prime last night and “Running Red Lights” was featured at the end of an episode. It felt like a song that I knew but I’m not sure I’d ever heard it before. It felt familiar, like a song that I knew and loved.
It is a perfect combination of things to make up a song that I’d love. Rivers Cuomo is responsible for so many formative songs for me. I feel like his voice and song writing are the embodiment of the teenage boy, sometimes problematic, but mostly naïve and childlike. The intro reminds me of the album “Wincing The Night Away” by The Shins, which is a really nice album, and “My Girls” by Animal Collective. The vocal melody is very sweet but incredibly catchy, it sounds a bit like something from Dominic Fike. It’s funny to describe something in terms of other things that it reminds me of, but these are all things that I really like so it is intended to be complementary.
I’ve had a bit of a zoned out day and I’ve been listening to “Running Red Lights” on repeat. I’ve had a stressful few weeks and I’m coming out the other side of it. I’ve needed some quiet “me” time so walking to and from work and my little walk at lunch, with this as my soundtrack has been kinda therapeutic. There’s a very full and rounded sound to the production. It feels a bit like being immersed. It’s a super relaxing banger.
You can listen to “Running Red Lights” by The Avalanches feat. Rivers Cuomo and Pink Siifu here.