there was one song that i couldn’t stop listening to last year: flyte’s cover of archie, marry me. it was one of those songs that made falling in love with someone seem so easy despite having everything and everyone telling you the complete opposite. non-conformity and taking the piss out of people who get married young and do the typical ‘next-level’ stuff is what it appears alvvays is getting at. but archie and whoever wants to marry him in this song clearly go in a bit too deep, and marriage is actually the ‘next step.’
their self-titled debut album, released in 2014, includes another one of my favourite tracks – party police,
“You don’t have to leave, you could just stay here with me
Forget all the party police, we can find comfort in debauchery”
it shows a sense of desperation that a lot of people have after someone they love leaves their life, sometimes without any explanation. that desperation is so clear here as molly rankin, like many, would still offer a partner a sexual relationship to make them stay, even if they no longer want you in an emotional way. the sadness seeps out of this urgency to keep someone around when they don’t feel the same anymore.
anyone can relate to this, it doesn’t even have to be a relationship. it could be compromise anywhere. compromising what you really want, just for the sentiment of making someone you think you need, to stay. but sometimes it’s so much healthier to just let go of what you think is your *comfort* blanket.