I was unable to locate a video for this song, so, fuck it, I created one myself. Hopefully, it can attract people’s attention. Because this song deserves it. Big time.
“I Remember You” is one of my favorite pieces of Rilo Kiley’s composition, a melancholy Fleetwood Mac-esque indie rock—oh, there’s a bit of “Marquee Moon” guitar lick, too!
“I Remember You” is taken from their 2013 compilation of outtakes, demos, and b-sides, Rkives.
The dynamic force behind Rilo Kiley, Jenny Lewis and Blake Sennett are some kind of pioneers in introducing confessional indie-rock for today’s musicians. Check out parts of the lyrics:
At a party last New Years eve somewhere downtown
We started talking about how we wanted someone to kiss after the countdown.
I went to get a smoke and drink at the bar and when I came back you were gone
I didn’t think I’d ever see you again.
Last winter I was working nights and I missed the last train
Nothing unusual, I walk home in the snow again.
A car stops, rolls down the window and asks me my name
I replied, I realize, ‘It was you.’
And may all acquaintance be forgot but I remember you.
And I remember and I remember and I remember you
And I remember and I remember you
At first, I thought it was Blake Sennett who sang a duet with Jenny Lewis in this song. It’s not him. The one here, Benji Hughes, is quite melodious. Blake’s voice is kinda flat, and is why it sounds like he’s more in pain. To me, Blake is a genius of sadness; he must be a highly sensitive person because he’s so savvy about melancholia. Maybe that’s why Jenny Lewis fell for him, followed by Winona Ryder several years later. Mad respect, bro.
Help yourself with a glass of Maker’s Mark (or negroni, or wine, whatever gives you the chills) and enjoy the song!
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Featured image via Rolling Stone.