In the Post #110: Two Door Cinema Club bring out new song ‘Changing of the Seasons’

By on Tuesday, 20th August 2013 at 12:00 pm
 

We’re getting close to the end of the summer 2013 festival season, and this past weekend Two Door Cinema Club brought out something new to thrill their audience at V Festival: ‘Changing of the Seasons’, the band’s forthcoming single that premiered last week on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 programme. The song will appear on an EP out soon, but we don’t know more than that. I guess Two Door are trying to be mysterious, tantalising their global legions of fans? But the timing of new material, their first since sophomore album ‘Beacon’ was released in September 2012, couldn’t be better: the band will be headlining their biggest venues in a North American tour in October and November and will be playing their biggest show in Britain at London’s O2 on the 13th of December.

So what does ‘Changing of the Seasons’ bring to the table? Rolling Stone has reported that the new song sees the band “explore [a] new direction” with this “dance-friendly record”. This sounded really odd to me; when you’ve been kicking your heels up to a indie rock group’s music for 4 years (and in this particular case, since ‘Something Good Can Work’) with nary a thought that people *wouldn’t* dance to their music, it seems strange that anyone would call this a new direction. (Seriously. I take great care *not* to dance too hard at their shows because at this one in January 2011 I danced far too excitedly, hurting my legs so much, I was in pain every step I took for the next 3 days.) There has always been a joyful, optimistic quality to Two Door’s songs, and ‘Changing of the Seasons’ is no exception. But this time, there are two major differences.

One, this song represents a one-off collaboration with their musical buddy from Nantes, France, electronic wunderkind Madeon, who seems to turn anything he touches into gold. Just the mention of his name I’m sure has already sent his fans into a frenzy, which should be good for Two Door, exposing the dance set to their music. Madeon’s touch on ‘Changing of the Seasons’ isn’t too jarring at all, adding buzzy, bouncy yet smooth synth layers to the tune. However, Sam Halliday’s lead guitar is much less prominent, in a manner that might cause some alarm the same way Edd Gibson’s axe was less noticeable in Friendly Fires‘ 2009 single ‘Kiss of Life’.

Two, lyrically, it’s a pretty interesting story. The changing of seasons is used as a plot device to describe how a man is feeling about a woman. Woman leaves man, man gets upset with her leaving, woman has a change of heart and wants another night with him. But what this song is really about is how far he’s come beyond their breakup. Without her. The path to this is not your usual pop song fodder, is it? The way the woman requesting a booty call (“come back and spend the night with me”) is emphasised in the bridge, but the man is having none of it, dismissing her “when you say you won’t forget me / well I can tell you that’s untrue / ’cause every day since you left me / I’ve thought less and less of you”. He’s moved on.

But our protagonist’s strongest moment is the second half of the chorus: “and I’ve worn out all the reasons / to keep on knocking at your door / could be the changing of the seasons / but I don’t love you anymore”. While the pain of someone you love is something you wouldn’t wish on anyone and the emotions you feel can twist your insides, there will come a day when you will come out on the other side and be able to look back on what happened with pain but look forward with the knowledge that the seasons change. And life goes on.

7.5/10

The version of ‘Changing of the Seasons’ ripped from Radio1 can be streamed below. Two Door Cinema Club’s next release, a yet to be named EP, will be released soon.

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12:02 pm
20th August 2013

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20th August 2013

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