Friday, April 29, 2016

Electric Love

For "music night" this evening I share one of my favorite contemporary songs: "Electric Love" by American indie pop artist BØRNS.

I like this song because it (along with its accompanying music video) has a great 1970s' glam (or glitter) rock vibe; and since some of my earliest musical memories are of that very unique moment in pop music history, the distinct and rather trippy sounds and visuals of glitter rock have always appealed to me. Obviously, this all stems from first experiencing such sounds and visuals at an impressionable age. Then again, maybe I'm just innately drawn to glitter and the often camp and androgynous look of glam rockers!

Regardless, I'm glad that Garrett Borns (aka BØRNS), despite being born 20 years after the era of glam rock, beautifully channels all its trippiness, androgyny, theatricality, and overall awesomeness in his music and stage persona.

. . . Baby, you're like lightning in a bottle
I can't let you go now that I got it
And all I need is to be struck
By your electric love
Baby, your electric love
Electric love

Rushing though me
Feel your energy rushing through me.

Says BØRNS about the writing of "Electric Love":

I wrote this song in L.A. with Tommy English. We’re really good friends and have just developed this collaborative synergy – we know our strengths and can really feel free creatively. We’re both chilled out Midwestern boys. "Electric Love" was the fourth or fifth song we recorded together. I was still in the genesis of figuring out what kind of record I wanted to make.

I was listening to a lot of glam rock and going through the archives of artists like T-Rex – music with a lot of fuzz guitar. I love how he doesn’t give a fuck – it’s just so rad. His music is so poetic but also has a sense of humor. That’s kind of how we are in the studio – we don’t take ourselves too seriously. Also, I’m kind of a sucker for very fantastical love songs and professing your love in this grandiose way.

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
David Bowie: Queer Messiah
Remembering Prince, "Fabulous Freak, Defiant Outsider, Dark Dandy"
No Surprise, But an Important Event Nonetheless
"Glambert" and the New Gay Stereotype

Related Off-site Links:
A Biased History of British Glam Rock
Glam Rock – Then and Now – Brian Knight (The Vermont Review).
The 20 Best Glam Rock Songs of All Time – Jon Savage (The Guardian, February 1, 2013).
"It Bathes the Pleasure Centers": BØRNS Channels DopamineNPR Music (October 19, 2015).
Modern Love in a Digital Age: BØRNS Talks Human Interaction and Music’s Part in It – Kai Hermann (Nothing But Hope and Passion, April 26, 2016).

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