Love is not functional. It’s a door leading into a warm place from a blistering winter, but the locks are frozen or stuck. Sometimes, especially on the coldest of days, it can feel intent on keeping you out. So we try to pathetically warm ourselves, we stamp and sigh and vow to switch the door to the sleeker model of ironic detachment, the type of door that’s not really a door, or anything at all. Then suddenly, the keys work. We’re inside and glowing with heat, forgetting how the door kept us out and instead marvelling at how it kept all that warmth in.
So the title of A Sunny Day In Glasgow‘s new song “In Love With Useless (The Timeless Geometry In The Tradition Of Passing)” isn’t defeated, but represents an all-encompassing joy which takes comfort in the unwieldy things, as the title demonstrates and embraces. Also, the song’s composition, each rippled guitar line clashing and overlapping like the ridges in a mountain, with vocals both dispatched from within one of its deep caves and stirring in your own heart. Not even shoegaze can mask dripping sentiment with effects and distortion, but the subgenre seems made to stand at the altar with the brimming, twitchy love found in songs like this one.