Today I decided to sort through all my music, a task which I thought would be fun, but ultimately became tedious. I decided though it was time to scale back so I can let some new music in, and get a deeper appreciation for the stuff I also like. I am a completest so there are some bands discographies I had on the computer, wherein I only like a couple of tracks. I decided to take the approach of deeper involvement in music that I like, cut back on the superficiality of just having a bunch of different artists. My tastes in certain genres seem to come and go, as in particular, my punk collection took a hard hit. But it is just not a genre I am into anymore. Still letting go of a lot of content was a bit frustrating as it is just hard to make the decision that I am “giving up” on particular albums in favor of something else. I don’t dislike the songs I got rid of, and I do have them backed up if I find myself drifting towards certain genres again. but in the end, after a couple of hours, I was kind of done with music for the day.
However, my one take away is that there are certain artists and albums that I became aware of how fond I was. Some artists I would get rid of a few albums just keeping my favorites, but a few bands content was staying no matter what, and it probably will stay with me for a long time. Hence leading to my “Song of The Day” choice being from one of my all time favorite artists. I will often put Boduf Songs on, and despite multiple listens I never get tired of the tracks. I use to have one of his tracks my alarm for waking up, a choice which should have doomed the track to be associated with suffering, but when it comes on I still let it play out.
Boduf Songs appeals to me on so many levels, just as atmospheric it is very relaxing, and Mat Sweets lyrics, which almost come across as a whisper is actually rather soothing. When having his music on in the background it generally relaxes me, which is something that can really endear me to a band. In addition to the atmosphere created, the lyrics are very dark and depressing, but without being too overly indulgent (Although I can understand how that might vary per person). When I look to lyrics I attach to more, I generally connect with more somber content, just given my life and struggles. A lot of people seem to connect with more “sad” music. With the tag of sad music, I find there is a varying degree of success. It is easy to write a sad song on a base level but to steep it in your own unique lyrical style and have it transcend the musings that might come with a tag like “teenage angst” I always find an impressive feat. With Boduf Songs, Mat Sweet’s lyrics don’t really dwell on one subject, a broken heart, discontent with society etc. Instead, all of his tracks make up a world that seems just rather unkind. Having felt this sentiment throughout my travels, his music has been a sort of soundtrack to a semi bleak and pessimistic life. Certain tracks seem more aimed at certain sentiments (obviously) but his work when taking it in as a whole is rather amazing.
I could have picked almost anyone of his tracks to showcase, and for the sake of it, I will post a top ten below. With my appreciation for all of his work though it is hard to pick one favorite, this one is a bit more simplistic lyric wise, and I do like the titles of some of his songs. I am kind of a sucker for overdramatic song titles, of which Matt Elliott, (who I previously posted on) has the same knack for naming his depressing ballads. Given the appeal of his lyrics, I am surprised that I can’t find them on any lyrics site. Music like this also makes me aware I live in my own little bubble, as although I feel Boduf Songs is one of the greatest bands ever, as the band floats around often in my imaginary “Top Ten”, it seems I may be a bit alone in the sentiment. I would like more people to listen to Boduf Songs, I will also note that the man himself seems like a very sincere kind soul as I had a bit of correspondence when ordering some stuff off of him.
Arbitray top ten tracks. (This was a tough one)
- Quite When Group
- Vermin, Rend Thy Garments
- My Continuing Battle With Material Reality
- Decapitation Blues
- That Angel Was Fucking Piss
- Oh Celebrate Your Vague Words
- They Get On Slowly
- Things Not to be Done on the Sabbath
- Fiery The Angels Fell
- Song To Keep Me Still