Have you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.
“Let the Distance Bring Us Together” by Bright Eyes & Britt Daniel
Pretty much any time a super group or musical collaboration is announced, I get giddy with anticipation, wholly waiting for my socks to be rocked off, but realistically, about 99% of the time, the project’s sum does not equal its far superior parts. And that’s too bad, because that 1% that nails it is something truly akin to approaching audio nirvana. The 2002 release of Home: Volume IV, the fourth in a series of collaborative EP’s put out by Post-Parlo Records during the 00’s, pairs Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst with Spoon’s Britt Daniel, and while that record never reaches the sublime as a whole, the EP’s closer, the Daniel-penned “Let the Distance Bring Us Together,” gets really damn close.
Recorded when both artists were still somewhat unknowns, and sounding like something of a Spoon castoff, a B-side that just didn’t quite make the cut, “Let the Distance Bring Us Together” is a stripped down and lo-fi pop nugget that feels like an intimate home recording made in an apartment living room by a group of friends. It begs for you to nod your head, to tap your foot, to clap along.
And I do.
From a bunker somewhere in Central Texas, Thomas H. Williams spends most of his time with his wife, his two sons, and his increasingly neurotic dog. He listens to a lot of music, drinks a lot of excellent beers, and gets out from time to time. For even more shenanigans, visit heavenisanincubator.blogspot.com.