“Emily Kane” – Art Brut

by bryan on March 25, 2015

Buy the Original Wallet Art: “Art Brut” in graphite on 2″ x 3.5″

Quick wrists slap out a jangly guitar riff over a meandering base line and hard hitting rock drums on “Emily Kane,” the lead single by the English and German, Berlin based indie rock outfit Art Brut on their debut album Bang, Bang, Rock and Roll released on May 30th 2005.

Art Brut, like many of us, find it difficult to get over young love. That first girlfriend makes an impact. You see her everywhere… when you squint your eyes, when you see other couples kiss… you pine for that feeling that none of the new girls can deliver despite your repeated attempts and the encouraging taunts from your friends.

Whether this song is truly earnest or British style tongue in cheek irony doesn’t matter. “Emily Kane” highlights the fact that memory can be a powerful force, stopping forward momentum and growth.

I hope that we, along with Art Brut, can internalize the fact that we must use the past to inform our decisions in the present as we prepare for the future. We can’t get stuck counting the 10 years, 9 months, 3 weeks, 4 days, 6 hours, 13 minutes and 5 seconds that it’s been since we’ve last seen Emily Kane.

Get the Record: Bang Bang Rock & Roll

Go to their Website: Art Brut

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