Nostalgia is everywhere lately. Whether it’s looking back on Nevermind after 20 years, remembering the life of Aaliyah, or just commenting about nostalgia in general, we seem to be a little obsessed with the past at the moment. Some people are upset about this, describing us as if we’re a generation that has run out of good ideas, forced to define ourselves by associating with the idealized images of years prior. I don’t think that could be further from the truth.
The fact is, things are moving faster than ever and with instant access to ideas and information, we’re getting carried on a giant wave and never looking back to see the ocean behind us. We consume with such reckless abandon that things these days seem a little less important. Hit singles get forgotten after a couple months, complete genres seem to appear and disappear like the flash of lightning bugs in a giant field, and even the biggest albums seem more like giant carnivals and less like monuments that becoming permanent fixtures of the surrounding landscape.
But the point of this post is really just to post the new Tokyo Police Club. Their latest project is called 10 Songs, 10 Days, 10 Hours, 10 Years. You probably already get the idea, but if not, here it is: For the next 10 days, the band will record a song (that’s 10 songs total), and the song will be from the past 10 years. Oh, and they will rehearse and record each song in 10 hours. Here they are covering Jimmy Eat World’s “Sweetness” with the help of Passion Pit‘s Michael Angelakos.
Tokyo Police Club – “Sweetness” (Jimmy Eat World Cover)