Cymbals Eat Guitars – Jackson (Stream)

by Steven Spoerl

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It’s been three years since Cymbals Eat Guitars released their stunning sophomore effort, Lenses Alien. In that time, the various members have been through a lot; not least of which is the death of a close friend, an even that informs much of their forthcoming record LOSE (that’s the incredible artwork up above). Yesterday the band offered up the first look at that record with the unbelievably stunning album opener, “Jackson”, which is already being widely regarded as a strong candidate for song of the year- and it’s not hard to see why. While Lenses Alien proved to be a considerable improvement over their debut, Why There Are Mountains, “Jackson” takes all of the aspects of improvement from that transition and perfect them. “Jackson” isn’t just the sound of a band finding its footing; it’s the sound of a band that fully understands the implications of their work. Frankly, this is one of the fullest and most gorgeously devastating songs to have appeared since The Antlers opened Burst Apart with “I Don’t Want Love“. Grappling with immensely difficult themes (necessary medication, depression, loss, and the correlation of all the connecting threads) in an incredible manner, this is not only one of the best songs to have emerged in the past year but the past few. If all of LOSE lives up to these six jaw-dropping minutes, Cymbals Eat Guitars may actually wind up with a contender for record of the decade on their hands.

Listen to “Jackson” below and remember to love the ones that deserve it as much as possible while they’re around.