The Spinners

♪ Clark Gable (The Postal Service, 2003) ♪

In American, Dodo Dayao, Electronica, Indie Pop on February 4, 2010 at 6:40 am

I’ve been waiting since birth to find a love that would look and sound like a movie. . . goes Ben on the first verse. Movie love is perfect love, freak love, impossible love. But I think Ben knows that. At some point he sings . . .do you ever get the fear, that your perfect verse is just a lie you tell yourself to help you get by? He knows the bubble will burst over time. But he also knows there’s a kind of comfort in keeping it afloat regardless. Having no one to settle for leaves you aiming for the ideal. That’s some kind of ecstatic in and of itself. That’s why he rents a camera and a van and gets his ex to pretend she’s still in love with him then kisses her in a way Clark Gable would’ve thought classic. That’s why he makes a movie out of the imperfect love he once had and wants back but can’t have anymore—to bottle it, seal its juices in, have it to hold. “Clark Gable” is like a wishful regret.

– Dodo Dayao


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