Sunday, April 21, 2024

Daily Jam - Let the Distance Bring Us Together

Pretty much any time a super group or musical collaboration is announced, I get giddy with anticipation, wholly waiting for my socks to be rocked off, but realistically, about 99% of the time, the project’s sum does not equal its far superior parts. And that’s too bad, because that 1% that nails it is something truly akin to approaching audio nirvana. The 2002 release of Home: Volume IV, the fourth in a series of collaborative EP’s put out by Post-Parlo Records during the 00’s, pairs Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst with Spoon’s Britt Daniel, and while that record never reaches the sublime as a whole, the EP’s closer, the Daniel-penned “Let the Distance Bring Us Together,” gets really damn close.

Recorded when both artists were still somewhat unknowns, and sounding like something of a Spoon castoff, a B-side that just didn’t quite make the cut, “Let the Distance Bring Us Together” is a stripped down and lo-fi pop nugget that feels like an intimate home recording made in an apartment living room by a group of friends. It begs for you to nod your head, to tap your foot, to clap along.

And I do.  Listen below.

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