I hope I’m not out of my element when speaking about my excitement for this new single and video. But before we get into that. I’d like to dive in a little bit into this new project, and the new EP that the band has released today.
Music is often said to be a form of communication, a way of expressing emotions, thoughts, and stories through sound. Sometimes, music can also be a way of connecting with other artists, creating a dialogue that enriches both parties and sparks new ideas. This is the case for Call and Response, a collaborative EP by Matt Pond and Alexa Rose, two singer-songwriters who found inspiration in each other’s work and decided to join forces. The EP, has been released today, and Matt and Alexa also shared a video for the song “Side Eye Rolls”.
I loved that this collaboration sent to me. The EP is great, the video is very creative. There’s something pretty cool about finding new tunes. Songs that speak to you, songs in which you hang on to each note, or songs you just simply rock out too. It’s a great feeling, like unearthing a hidden treasure, a new discovery, or finding a stranger in the Alps. The music of this track is great, and I love the story telling of the lyrics, but that’s just like, you know, my opinion man.
“Side Eye Rolls” is a witty and relatable reflection on the futility of making plans in a chaotic and unpredictable world. It’s about the frustration and disappointment with your own attempts to reconcile with your past, to find a sense of belonging, and to fix his mistakes. About realizing that plans are often unrealistic, ineffective, or counterproductive, and that they only lead to more problems and heartbreaks.
Matt compares his plans to the rug from the movie “The Big Lebowski”, which was stolen and replaced by a cheap imitation, symbolizing the loss of something that seemed to hold everything together. He also acknowledges that he is not the only one who struggles with this dilemma, as everyone else has their own desires and expectations that often clash with his. He suggests that maybe the best thing to do is to let go of his plans and embrace the uncertainty of life, without giving up on his hopes and dreams.
On the topic of the video, he comments:
Nothing went the right way in making this video. Alexa’s flight got canceled, the seas were too rough to shoot a high-speed getaway, and there was a blizzard quickly approaching. We had to reimagine every shot and story point that we had planned.
But that’s how it always is. Making music in the modern age is all about rolling with the punches. Ironically, that’s exactly what the song is about: “I’ve got a plan to fix the holes inside my plans, but that’s as far as my plans go.”
Flexibility wasn’t something I practiced when I started out. In the early days, I made a decree forbidding guitar solos. I falsely believed that I was the world’s greatest driver. Recently, I’ve begun to realize how much I don’t know, and that the best-laid plans can disintegrate at any time.
There is so much freedom in letting go of expectation, especially when there’s a storm on the horizon.
Be sure to check out the EP at this link.
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