My first sentence initially described how big of a Tegan and Sara fan I am, but that seemed disingenuous. I’m a huge fan of So Jealous and The Con, but they started to lose me when things got more synthpop-y on Sainthood. Even ignoring their three early releases, that’s only two out of five albums that I’m into. So I’m not totally sure what kind of fan that makes me.
I love their voices and melodies and I’m not opposed to the brand of pop music into which they evolved. Maybe I just didn’t like the songs? But I can’t really think of any of their songs I don’t like. I’m thinking it’s one of those wrong place/wrong time situations and I’ve never been in the right place to fully connect or enjoy those records.
Nevertheless, despite not being a moon-eyed teenager looking to make out in a car, I like “Closer.”* This was their big mainstream pop breakthrough and it’s no surprise to find out that the song was aided along by Greg Kurstin. I know what you’re thinking: “the guy from Geggy Tah?” One and the same. But he’s also a successful pop songwriter and producer who has worked extensively with the likes of Sia and Adele, both huge talents in their own right. Aside from the pop sheen, however, this is typical Tegan song. Replace the synth pads with power chords and this song could be on one of those albums I love. I should spend more time with these songs.
*Let it be known that I am always down for making out in a car. I only know a few people who own one in Japan, so we may have to settle for an arcade driving game.
“The lights are off and the sun is finally setting. The night sky is changing overhead.”