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Here's a song that you have to listen to

  • By AndyVale
  • 4 February 2014

Ever find one of those songs you simply have to tell people about? You don't just want them to smile and nod, you don't just want them to listen to the first thirty seconds tap their foot along. You want them to soak it in, you want them to feel how you feel, you want it to become the best part of their day.

Not because you want any personal glory in it, not because you want to be known as a tastemaker of some sort, not because *ahem* it's your job to write about music and make people care about it slightly more than they did before. You tell them about it because you know in the very core of your being that the world will be a better place if more people appreciate and share this one song.

It's a Josh Doyle track that's couple of years old, but this performance was recently put up on Hey Man, Check My Band's channel. Josh was a member of Dum Dums, who were basically Busted before Busted although aimed slightly more at an Indie/student crowd rather than school kids. When they broke up he quit music altogether for a simple life in America. That didn't last forever (thankfully), he picked up an acoustic guitar and started making music that was too good to ignore.

Which brings us here, to this particular performance of 'I Figured The World Out', an award-winning song that sounds nice on the surface but is quite creepy in places when you break it down.

The wistful strings betray the fact that a significant chunk of this song is about a lunatic who has stalked and kidnapped someone. Its twisted narrative shows the warped perception of the protagonist despite sounding like a reflective ballad. In doing so it both mocks and celebrates the form, showing it to be more than easy hit-fodder for people to sell to bored housewives and teens who overestimate the importance of their base emotions.

The slight quiver (more pronounced on the original) as he sings "you were abandoned by that boy" hints at resentment, bitterness, jealousy, and hero worship. Whether sung by the girls father, or the aforementioned creepy obsessive, it can take on multiple angles. We would even let you stretch to say it shows how interconnected we all are. Am I saying that lecherous human collectors are on the same level as loving fathers? No, just that it's interesting how the same words from different angles can be seen as both honourable and despicably wretched.

If you can't be bothered with looking at it on that level, it's soothingly pleasing on an aural level too. Many of the lyrics are smart, sharp, and poignant on their own without the wider context of the song.

It's available on Josh's debut solo album, a wise purchase we do believe.

I've just remembered that this track was also in our list of 30 awesome songs you might not have heard. So if you liked this track, go check out some more.

Andy is a Supajam writer who has had music-based roles at numerous Commerical, BBC and Student radio stations over the last 6 years. He is also a music promoter in the South-East of the UK. He has a website where he interviews musicians with only one question, and he is currently typing in third-person. You can tweet abuse at him if you fancy letting off some steam.