Social by Cardboard Kids

Track: Social
Album: Mint EP
Artist: Cardboard Kids
Genre: alternative, indie, rock
Music Rating: 9/10
Lyrics Rating: 9/10
Overall: 
9/10
Sounds Like: Relient K, twenty one pilots, X Ambassadors, The 1975
Interesting Fact: One of theses cardboard kids is Jake Germany AKA Phangs.
Best thing About this Track: This song shouts your silence.
One thing I wish was different: The technicality of the lyrics is kind of mind-boggling. That being said, I’m a glutton, and I want more. I would’ve liked the second verse to be a little tighter. If there was a third verse or a bridge, I might’ve died and gone to music heaven. Then again, that would’ve detracted from the musical minimalism.
Website: Cardboard Kids

Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off of the floor. I’ve heard this song approximately one million times by now, and it still never ceases to knock me off my feet. This is emotionally reflective musical brilliance.

I don’t even know which direction to go with this: social stigma or social anxiety. Maybe the only difference is perspective. I think that this song purposefully rides the line between the two, forcing introspection on personal views and societal norms. I don’t know who directed the video or whose idea it was, but I want to give that person a hug. Actually, no. I don’t. Personal space. I want to give that person a cookie. And dance at them in gratitude. Actually, no. Creepy. Maybe I’ll just send a nice “Thank You” note for their part in this genius.

I was at first hesitant to write about this song, because for those who don’t “get it”, this song could sound dark or depressing. Nope! This song is soothing and hopeful. This song offers escape. Many times, where society fails us (or where we fail ourselves), art shines through. The music video shows that beautifully! This is a “dance like no one’s watching” song. This is a “nope, you’re not the crazy one” song. This is a song for when you want to be alone, but you don’t want to feel alone.

I’m sorry, but can we just talk about the music for a minute? What is even happening??? How did that even . . . 😐 Four notes. FOUR! The entire melody (verse and chorus) is built with only four notes. That is some Steve Reich voodoo or something. But it’s not just the minimalism that is mesmerizing; it’s the accessibility of the minimalism that is refreshingly shocking in its merging with modern songwriting practices. It takes the ideals of minimal music and infuses it into an emotional metaphor easily digestible to the casual listener.

I don’t even know what to say anymore. Thank you, good sirs of Cardboard Kids. Thank you.

Follow on Bloglovin

Lyrics:

They wrote a note to your father
Tell him that he ought to
Medicate his golden son
He’s just too much of a bother
So take it with some water
Pretty soon it’ll all be done

They say, now
Are you feeling social?
Cause I’m not feeling hopeful
Lock yourself inside and tell them you ain’t going postal
Are you feeling social?
Cause I’m not feeling hopeful
Lock yourself inside and tell them you ain’t going postal

And we all know that your daughter’s
Praying up a ladder
Trying to reach another rung
Thinking if they try a little harder
It keeps them from the alter
But it’s over before it’s begun

They say, now
Are you feeling social?
Cause I’m not feeling hopeful
Lock yourself inside and tell them you ain’t going postal
Are you feeling social?
Cause I’m not feeling hopeful
Lock yourself inside and tell them you ain’t going postal

Are you feeling social?
Cause I’m not feeling hopeful
Lock yourself inside and tell them you ain’t going postal
Are you feeling social?
Cause I’m not feeling hopeful
Lock yourself inside and tell them you ain’t going postal

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *