OH SAILOR

Mr. Little Jeans, aka Monica Birkenes, and the Silverlake Conservatory Of Music Youth Chorale, have collaborated on one of the most triumphant anthems of the year. There is just something about children singing, that never fails to strike a chord with me. The innocence in their voices singing about the serious topics of isolation and longing, just somehow puts things into perspective.

The song itself starts out with, what sounds like, a children’s metallic piano and Monica’s smokey, Lana del Rey voice, accompanied by a simple electronic rhythm. Then, a few measures before you expect it, the Youth Chorale chimes in. The kids’ slight pitchiness on the high notes first breaks your heart, and then promptly repairs it. Its reminiscent of Karen O and The Kids, or Dead Man’s Bones on My Body’s a Zombie for You.

Ultimately, you’re never too old for a lullaby.

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