Tim: Finnish, these chaps are. Don’t bother listening to the lyrics here – just hear the sounds.
Tom: What a voice! That’s a voice that removes clothing. Er, in a good way.
Tim: Right. Now the first time I listened to this, I didn’t really pay much attention to the lyrics or anything either, but just the music. I was left with an impression of it being a fairly dark tune, nice music, big energetic instrumentation – generally all the things that make a song good.
Tom: It really is quite something. This is a soul-stirrer: it’s the chord progression and deep vocals that make it work.
Tim: Then I looked up the lyrics and listened to it properly – go on, do it now – and discovered that this song is bloody amazing. It’s a farewell song with so much energy that really, really shouldn’t belong there, and yet it fits perfectly.
There’s a sense of ‘it was great’, but the slightly contrasting ‘I have to go, I’ve got no choice’ almost takes that away again. It should be a depressing song, and the vocals kind of add to that, but then the music jumps in as well and makes it uplifting, and a song you really want to sing along to.
Tom: It’s the kind of song that leaves you with a smile on your face – and you’ve no idea why.
Tim: Not much to say about the video, although I absolutely love the fifteen seconds or so just after 40 seconds in when the band’s waking up – it makes the building instrumentation all the more effective, and when it finally comes together it’s just YEAH!
Tom: The clock in the background is at a very different time each time it’s in shot. Yes, I notice these things. Ah well.
Tim: Me too – and given that there a quite a few close up clock shots, part of me wants there to be a really obscure hidden meaning, since the alternative is them screwing up. OOH, maybe it’s like The Da Vinci Code! Oh, God, shoot me now. Another thing about the video, though, is that the ending doesn’t seem quite as weird any more – I didn’t like it at first, but now it seems like a closure type thing, which is pleasant.
Tom: Otherwise known as ‘the quiet bit that the radio DJ talks over’.