Track of the Day: Paper Route – “Dance On Our Graves”
We are a few weeks into 2015, and right about now everyone is coming down off the post-holiday high and settling snugly into the next few months of winter. Here in NYC, the Big Apple is experiencing its first true snowfall of the season, and while the views from our office windows and bedroom sills are nothing but white confetti clogging the sky, it isn’t hard to feel that sweet, melancholic vibration of January. Something about the New Year helps us to see things with clear eyes and settled hearts; and the music that soothes our winter souls can only reflect that.
This is why Paper Route‘s “Dance On Our Graves” is a perfect mid-winter tune. Starting off slow, with a lonesome set of vocals and piano pairing, this track seems to suggest sitting inside and staring at the cold January sky, and thinking about where you are headed — against where you’ve already come from. With lyrics like “I never sleep at night / I just stay up and wait /But the burning in my blood never came,” it isn’t hard to connect to that deep-seeded listlessness the song suggests. But just near the end of the track, a lull in the song stalls — and then suddenly reignites with a vampiric synth violin, the up-tempo reinvigorating not only the track but the listener as well. Winter remains; but we are still here.
“Dance On Our Graves” hails from Paper Route‘s 2009 album Absence, the first full-length album produced by the group. Their music has been featured in several popular shows such as One Tree Hill, The Vampire Diaries and the Golden-Globe nominated film (500) Days of Summer, expanding Paper Route’s already growing influence. This synth-pop, indie rock group consists J. T. Daly and Chad Howat, hailing from Nashville, Tennessee; and has been on several up-and-coming band “watch-lists.” Their tour list is unfortunately very short at the beginning of the year; but you can always keep up to date on Paper Route and their dynamic sound through their website.