July 1 — “Constellation” by Forest City Lovers

Forest City Lovers

If you only listen to one song today, make it “Constellation” by Forest City Lovers (2010, from the album Carriage).

Forest City Lovers was an indie pop band from Toronto. They released two critically acclaimed records between 2008 and 2010. This spring, frontwoman Kat Burns decided to put Forest City Lovers to rest. Her band mates have all moved to different cities and are all moving on with their lives. School, work, and so on. Burns is continuing on with a solo project, but Forest City Lovers is no more.

I discovered Forest City Lovers late in 2010, and I played the crap out of Carriage. I ended up calling it my sixth favorite Canadian album of the year.

There’s a lot of peppy, happy tunes on this record, and that’s not normally my bag, but it’s just so much fun.

Without a whole lot of ado, here’s today’s song:

“Constellation” by Forest City Lovers

One of the things that’s so great about this song is that part of it is about growing old. And not necessarily fearing that change.

Our skin, it soon will sag and
Our muscles will decay
But at least we’ll look back on this
On this big mess one day
and appreciate the charms that come with our age

We’re so scared of the future
as much as our past

And then there’s the very Death Cab For Cutie-ish line:

Let’s draw circles around your freckles
We’ll make a constellation

Also, there’s a 20 second keyboards solo at 2:12. I’m not that into keyboard solos, but this one always reminds me of Elvis Costello.

Order a physical or digital copy of Carriage from the Arts & Crafts web store here.

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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