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posted by [personal profile] katstevens at 04:42pm on 14/06/2007 under
I was listening to Kleerup & Robyn's With Every Heartbeat last night. Robyn is the sort of popstar I approve of in general but would probably never buy an album by, as the majority of her songs I find to be quite good but not 'amazing'. I'd heard Heartbeat plenty of times before and not really given it much thought or credit. But watching the video last night I was struck what a magnificent song it was, spine-tingling and beautiful, like standing on top of a mountain and seeing for miles, or watching every single person in the club whooping with joy at the song you've just faded up on the mixer, or walking over the Thames at night, or smelling the Autumn bonfire smell. There's so much brilliant stuff out there and it makes me well up sometimes. This is because I am an enormous soppy hippy and should be forced down the mines for twenty years of hard labour to snap myself out of it etc. But back to Robyn. Why did this song become beautiful all of a sudden after a dozen mediocre hearings?

It could have been the video - the original version features neither Robyn nor Kleerup and is much better executed in terms of an entertaining visual. The newer version has Robyn walking backwards and looking sad, whilst some stop-motion lego blocks move around her. It's pretty rubbish both in concept and production values *but* you can see the pain on her face as she wrestles with expressing the emotions of the song. It's like she can't quite get across *just how much* it hurts with every heartbeat and is cross with herself for writing lyrics that are somehow too big for her. She is only little, after all.

It might also have been because I was fully immersed and paying attention to the song, rather than listening on headphones whilst at work. But what is most likely is that I didn't understand what the song was trying to achieve until now. Previous listens had rendered me disappointed that the song didn't 'go anywhere', that it was lacking oomph or a change of pace/instrumentation, and it didn't bosh up properly for dancing. Now I can appreciate it as a mushy universe-hugging sunshine song*, in the vein of Ellen Allien's Way Out from last year. It doesn't need to bosh or have a key change, it's just fine as it is - and it's fast becoming one of my songs of the year.

*Unless you pay any attention to the lyrics, of course. Poor old Robyn, the course of true love never ran smooth - at least in the world of pop.
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posted by [identity profile] jauntyalan.livejournal.com at 03:53pm on 14/06/2007
i like it a lot, loved it as soon as i heard it, BUT when i watched it on youtube yesterday i got amazing shivers!
posted by [identity profile] katstevens.livejournal.com at 04:00pm on 14/06/2007
Weird, isn't it? I get it with a few other songs - I'm utterly transfixed by the song despite the video being rub, I guess it's because I'm watching something as well as listening. Amerie's '1 Thing' is one other example.
posted by [identity profile] jauntyalan.livejournal.com at 04:03pm on 14/06/2007
but the video in general, as PJ say, is a bit lo-fi. perhaps that's why tho - making you focus on the emoting/sad-eyed-grumpy-puppy looks :-/

either way. nice feeling.
posted by [identity profile] alexmacpherson.livejournal.com at 04:25pm on 14/06/2007
I absolutely adore this song (and I tend towards hating Robyn most of the time!).

That said it's totally a winter song, wrong time of year to release it dudes.
posted by [identity profile] chezghost.livejournal.com at 04:39pm on 14/06/2007
hey it wouldn't be Scando-pop if there was any LOGIC behind the UK release/promotion.

Summer songs aren't always happy happy tho.
posted by [identity profile] martinv.livejournal.com at 06:40pm on 14/06/2007
Love that song. Anything that manages to sound like Kate Bush singing over Discovery-era Daft Punk while somehow (don't ask me how) also managing to remind me of the Magnetic Fields circa 1989 is a WINNER in my book.

I'm not hugely convinced by most Robyn, although I keep wanting to be. 'Be Mine' is pretty great but the rest is... not great. Except of course that song in the Moodysson film about lesbians from years ago. Yes.
posted by [identity profile] spasticker.livejournal.com at 02:02pm on 15/06/2007
I saw her live last night and 'With Every Heartbeat' got the biggest cheer.

The new video's more watchable I reckon, and it's more emotive seeing her expressions.

On that note, check out the live video I made for the song when she performed it in London a few months ago - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZFntsC9jVo
posted by [identity profile] pr0ncess.livejournal.com at 11:31pm on 16/06/2007
So I listened to this after you mentioned it, and thought it totally appropriate cos I broke up with the BF a week ago after months of arguing about him wanting to get married and me saying No it was never going to work (ys Robyn, maybe we could make it happen baby, we could keep trying but things will never change). I spent the whole day listening to it (I get obsessive sometimes) and feeling sorry for Us. Then I came home and discovered he's already replaced my so-called unique person, so apparently I wasted my thortfulness. Ah well.

/end impulsive commenting.


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