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    Throwback Thursday: Go Sailor

    Ok, look, I know it’s Friday, but, you know, better late than never, right? I promise to be more on time once the school year actually gets going.

    Go Sailor is a twee pop band. What’s twee pop, you ask? Well, you know that ridiculously sweet, saccharine taste of your favorite candy? Extract that, distill it, concentrate it, turn it into music and you’ll have pure, unadulterated twee pop: Cute music with cute vocals, and cute (yet sometimes dark) lyrics.

    Go Sailor is another one of my favorite groups, and also one of the shortest-lasting. Founded in Berkeley by members of twee stars Rose Melberg, Paul Curran, and Amy Linton (of Tiger Trap, Crimpshine and Henry’s Dress, respectively) and only recording three 7″ records and one full length, they have a  small catalog, but that catalog is totally kickin’ rad.

    Together Forever in Love is a great track that is an epitome of a twee pop song. “I’ll be your reason for starting your day/you’ll be my true love in every way.” — These lyrics just keep it light and sweet.

    This is exposing the darker side of a lot of twee songs, cute as hell melody and upbeat tempo yet the lyrics are much, much darker.  “But I won’t wish your plane down/But next time you won’t be so lucky.” I think the contradictions play off each other amazingly.

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