There are certain bands that I've always wanted to like, but never
got around to... People like Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake,
and Belle And Sebastian. So don't worry, I'm not going to make
the obvious comparisons between Voxtrot and those bands, which
I'm sure are great. Namedropping like that just doesn't appeal to
me right now.
What does appeal to me right now? Voxtrot's EP, Your Biggest Fan.
And sure, it's a couple of months old, but don't let that bother you.
After all, I still haven't heard any news on when their next CD is
out, so I don't feel that lame.
Some of the lyrics off Your Biggest Fan tug at my heartstrings
in a way my heartstrings haven't been tugged at since Buffy was cancelled;
the three songs on the album sting like a tragic love story, or maybe
just the background of my high school romance. The first song off
the album, "Your Biggest Fan," makes me sigh and think heavy
thoughts with it's opening, "Life on the margins / Little looks
we have to steal / I want to run like vagrants hand in hand across
this field / But I know the way you are, I could fall into the star
/ But it's not easy for everybody to fall in love." You see,
there was a boy back in my younger days, that kept me a secret from
the rest of the world, and only wanted people to know about us on
his time. But I fell hard "into the star," and it turned
out that that boy was the kind of person that found it hard "to
fall in love." Sobs and sighs all around, eh? Oh, but singer
Ramesh Srivastava brings your hopes up again when he sings,
"Don't let them tell you that there's a right way to fall in
Sorry Ramesh, but you're wrong. See, everything about this album
reminds me of high school, in a sticky, bittersweet way. Even when
Srivastava wraps up the lyrics with "I know that I could never
ever touch you / Because you might touch back," I can't help
but wonder when he stole my diary and why? Don't get me wrong, I love
the song, but why does it affect me so much?
It's pretty difficult to get through the rest of the album when the
songs started out so strong. I was sort of afraid of being disappointed
if I kept going. But it must have been the high school me speaking
again. The Austin rockers refuse to disappoint over the course of
the album. Sure, you could wait until the full length album comes
out. But who knows when that might happen? Better to just get the
EP already, don't you think? Me too.
01 Your Biggest Fan
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