Sometimes, something weird pops up on the Hot 100. Often, for some odd reason, an often-terrible song by an obscure band makes its way high up on the charts briefly and then fades into obscurity. Recent examples include “Bulletproof” by La Roux, “I’m Awesome” by Spose, “We No Speak Americano” by Yolanda Be Cool, “Brokenhearted” by Karmin, and the infamous “Harlem Shake.” Of course, those songs aren’t awful, per se, with the exception of “Harlem Shake,” which wasn’t funny, wasn’t a good song, was way too long (three and a half minutes of “con los terroristas”), and was overall an unpleasant experience for all involved.
The reason I bring this up is because there’s a new fluke in the Hot 100, and her name is Soko. You may know her from either listening to a lot of indie French music, watching a lot of French movies, or carefully combing the credits of Her, in which she voiced Isabella. And her latest single is “We Might Be Dead Tomorrow,” a whispery little indie song about death and love and how no one can claim to have loved their parents as much as she loved her father, and the video’s about a lesbian couple who dies, or their parents died, or death looms over them, or…
What the fuck is this? How did this hit #9? That’s right, it debuted on Billboard at #9. What happened? Why did so many people buy the musical equivalent of one of the artsy French films Soko stars in? Apparently, it appeared in the viral YouTube video “First Kiss,” and that’s about 96% of the reason it got on the Hot 100. So basically, it’s the new “Harlem Shake.”
But the weird thing is how abrupt this was. Most videos take a couple weeks or at least a week to go viral, but I check the Heatseeker chart two days ago, and I didn’t see this there. This song literally debuted at #9 on the Hot 100. Of course, the song has already been out for two years, so obviously, it was just the video. But still, it was so random. It would be like if Toby Turner’s “Viral Song” suddenly wound up on the Hot 100. It just confuzzles me.
But I haven’t gotten to the worst part yet. This song got even higher on another Billboard list. Can you guess which one? That’s right, it’s the third-most popular rock song right now. This is NOT rock! I don’t get how this can be misconstrued as rock. Wikipedia lists it as “indie pop,” but it’s not even really that. Also, Wikipedia lists “indie pop” as a sub-sub-genre of rock, which doesn’t make sense because “pop” is right there in the name. But anyway, this is French New Age indie pop, quite possibly the most pretentious genre imaginable. And I haven’t even gotten to the lyrics yet.
Actually, there’s not much to say about the lyrics. What I said before may make it seem like the lyrics are too vague, but they’re actually way too simple. There’s no symbolism, nothing new or memorable, about a quarter of the lyrics are just “‘Cause soon enough we’ll die” repeated ad nauseum, the English is somewhat broken, and none of it even rhymes, all of which makes an even more compelling case for why this is the musical equivalent of an artsy French film: experimental, confusing, hipster-y, pretentious, and thinks it’s much more profound than it actually is.
Overall, I give this song a C, because it is a pretty beautiful song if you’re in the right mood. And if you don’t care about lyrics. In case you didn’t pick up on it, I do care about lyrics. Like if you like, favorite if you favorite, follow if you follow, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @BreakingPOORLY, and as always…
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