Despite all of the chaos and uncertainty that defines our existence on Earth, we still manage to find partnerships that are all but destined to exist; two or more seemingly unrelated entities that, when put together, create something much greater than the sum of the parts. Such partnerships include peanut butter and jelly, French wine and tailored clothing, Lennon and McCartney, the 1972 Miami Dolphins, and Burt Reynolds and the mustache.
Cursive and Valentine’s Day is not one of those partnerships. Whether you’re a lover or a lonely heart, the ruthless cynicism and often-brutal introspection sung over Cursive’s enjoyably discordant music renders them a terrible match for a day celebrating a Christian martyr and feigned sentimentality. Yet, here we are placing the two together, all the while acknowledging another wonderful partnership – the Internet and irony.
Juxtaposition aside, it would be a mistake to put off listening to this session, even if it means sulking through an over-priced dinner (or bottle of whiskey) with that special someone (or yourself). Those unfamiliar with Cursive will be shown a sonic fault line between harmony and dissonance where anger, doubt, and confusion escape with a strength that implies both salvation and devastation. It can be a scary place at times, but it offers its rewards too. Those familiar with Cursive’s sound will be given a timely reminder of their sincere artistry as their latest studio album, I Am Gemini, comes out next week. Though Cursive are constantly evolving, testing the limits of their own sound, I wouldn’t expect anything paying tribute to the memory of St. Valentine.
Recorded and Mixed by Eric and Marc Johnson at The Pop Machine
Filmed and Edited by Doug Fellegy, Joe Wallace, and Michelle Castillo
Written by Gerard Pannekoek