Song of the Day 7/21/08: Mercury Rev - Senses On Fire
I've got to take Mercury Rev to task for the name of this track - "Senses on Fire" - because, at least at the outset, this undoubtedly lends the impression of senses underwater. More specifically: all five senses (and maybe some subconscious ones we haven't discovered yet) under a sheet of rain. It's not the kind of rain that catches you off guard, drenching your socks and making you feel fifty pounds heavier on an already-miserable day; it's more like the downpour you share with a lover or a new friend at night, on a city street lined with boutiques and lit with globe-shaped streetlamps, each wave of raindrops jolting you with a fresh surge of energy and wonder. When the track swells with brightness, the hypnotic "senses on fire" refrain emerging through the mix, that's reminiscent of the photograph you took that night, neon lights streaking and squiggling across your faces and around the sky, because you were so giddy you couldn't hold the camera still. Yes, it's a romanticized vision, but then again that's this track in a single word: romance. This may trigger a separate vision for you, but then God bless you for that: to each his or her own daydreams of a glamorous, hyper-sensationalized world.
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