This is the first in what will be a running feature designed to get us through sports' lean months. (Not that those are here yet; you can expect a poo-ton of NBA playoffs coverage, real rap.) In it, if Jelly or P.T. or I have a new thought on an old song or an uncommon listening of a common track or just something we want to otherwise promote, we'll write about it here.
Stardust- "Music Feels Better with You"
This is the only song Stardust, a side project from Thomas Bangalter, half of Daft Punk, ever recorded. "Music Feels Better with You" is a filter-disco track that blasts off with a driving, melliflous electronic piano glide and goes...nowhere really. Which is kind of why I like it. It doesn't feel the need to keep rising and falling along to electronic music tropes. It's a comfortable non-statement that comes late to the party and leaves early.
It was released as a single to absolute acclaim and never followed up with anything else, which is kind of a prescient comment on the beautifully fleeting and ephemeral nature of dance music. In high school I had a friend who was as into Daft Punk as I was, and I remember sitting in his room playing Playstation One while he schmoozed with psuedo-drug dealers. He had a mixtape with this, the Chicago Bears' "Super Bowl Shuffle," Oasis' "Don't Look Back in Anger," and a lot of other stuff, and there was this conversation about "Music Feels Better with You" that went down like this:
Sixteen-Year-Old Tank: Man, I really love vocoders.
Dave: They use them a lot on this. And all the Daft Punk stuff. Are you sure it's a vocoder though? It could be some kind of filtered sample.
Sixteen-Year-Old Tank: I'm pretty sure it's a vocoder. A vocoder might be my second favorite instrument. Behind the French horn. Well, behind that and drums if you count 'the drums' as one instrument.
Dave: I'm not sure if it's a vocoder or not.
Sixteen-Year-Old Tank: If I had a band, we'd suck because I'd be singing with a vocoder on every song. It would get so old.
Twenty-Three-Year-Old Tank: Actually, dude, he's called T-Pain, and he's pretty awesome too.
Dave: That's pretty much what Daft Punk does. They sing with vocoders all the time, and they're good.
Sixteen-Year-Old Tank: But we'd have French horns too. So we'd suck.
Dave: You've been playing Medal of Honor for, like, three hours. I think you should go home.