New favourite song: Valentine

Today is a bright, clean, post-pub sort of day – exactly the sort of morning which is improved by a driving, yearning, glossy pop song. Valentine starts with a rush and doesn’t let up. All the way to the middle eight, it feels like nothing but chorus, pursuing its ‘love-as-natural-disaster’ metaphor irresistibly: “Tell me, when did the water surround me?” coos the singer, like someone who doesn’t mind drowning at all. And then it all holds back for a moment before the song resurges in a cascade of sweet falsetto moans and the muscular Trevor Horn production propels it all home. Delays should be absolutely enormous and the failure of the pop-buying world to make them so is basically a massive stain on humanity.

And speaking of how amazing Trevor Horn is, Joe’s 80s song wars entry is a bit perfect.

Joe’s Incredible Song

3 thoughts on “New favourite song: Valentine

  1. Shit, I thought the Delays were history. I’ve got Wanderlust I think. I’ve heard nothing of them since so I assumed they were long gone. Is this new?

  2. This is from ages ago – 2006. I just felt like listening to it yesterday and ended up rolling it around on repeat for nearly half an hour. Luckily, Nath was in bed, or he would have exploded with annoyance.

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