Giving a voice to the underfed and un-fêted reality of daily life for the youth in America today, Harlequin Gold does a a great describing the transition away from youthful drama and pique, in favor of self-definition and a sense of harsh realism. It’s all right there in the first verse:
“Breathing through the pay-cuts
all the false hopes and the faithless satellite
all these thing will take my soul
and tease me until I can’t tap out the fight”— Harlequin Gold
In this age of false dichotomy, of heightened expectation and compressed timeline, it is harder than ever to find a personal sense of what’s true. This song to me, captures perfectly that feeling of looking out at humanity, and scanning for signs; for something that matters to us. With a strong sense of melody and some poetry of everyday life, Harlequin Gold gives us a sense of what it feels like to be young right now.
Harlequin Gold is a Canadian Indie Pop Rock band that consists of the sisters Avery and Elle O’Brien. This song is featured on our Roots Collection playlist.
About the Author
Krister Bjornson Axel
Morristown, New York
Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.
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