Seventh Tree, 2008

This is a pretty, pastoral saunter through a sunlit woodland (although I could be influenced by the video here). Er, except isn't she singing about attempting to get someone's attention by committing suicide?

Still, as I have remarked on many occasions, I don't really understand lyrics. It's like trying to understand people: they just don't make sense half of the time, but maybe they're not supposed to.

I love the combination of gentle acoustic instrumentation and low-key electronic burble in the background. I love the slightly other-worldly feel ("pills at work"?). I love the way it builds up to the final chorus, the vulnerability in Alison's voice and the quiet ending. Just beautiful. Even if it is about something horrible.

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