24. Song No. 172: “All Hail Bright Futures,” And So I Watch You From Afar
All Hail Bright Futures, 2013
In easily a week and a half, we have not gone a full day without someone in this house putting on the newly released “Hamilton” movie with varying degrees of excitement, resignation, and hopeless though welcome infatuation. I have caught my husband humming the exact same showtune refrains and snippets I also have stuck in my head at the exact same time. It’s like his otherwise long-dormant theatre kid tendencies have risen to meet my own love of the stage’s storytelling magic; whatever it is, it is turning out to be one of the most delightfully unexpected convergence of interests our relationship has seen in its 13 years.
Even with nonsense runs, rapid-fire couplets and the most inescapably catchy tunes modern theatre has to offer absolutely, shamelessly dominating the part of my brain where earworms live apparently forever now, the plinking, jaunty instrumentals of this titular track from probably my most favorite post-rock band have chipped away at the otherwise impenetrable hold that “Hamilton” currently has on me. For an historically winter-flavored band and genre, “All Hail Bright Futures” in all of its build-up-to-the-breakdown and ethereal celestial-choir glory is exactly the foundation of a second-chance soundtrack this weirdest of summers needs. And, sweet Cthulhu, is it ever fun to have its almost-staccato beat accompanying my internal narrative as I dance my way through maddeningly mundane things, like cleaning the kitchen for the third time this morning.