A wild unpredictable track which keeps on surprising you!
Firstly, I’ve never been to Berlin, but the opening few lines in James Longcake’s song really makes me feel like I’m right there. It feels a bit grey, a bit miserable, a bit wet and weird. Unlike the song itself though which really keeps you on your toes guessing what’s coming next?
The song starts off with James singing with a few strokes of a clean electric guitar accompanying him and his voice. He wastes no time telling you exactly what he’s seeing, what he’s feeling and what he’s thinking. It feels like he’s seeing Berlin behind the curtain so to speak. Like every city, it has the beautiful tourist locations that’s fun for all the family and very welcoming. But it’s not the Berlin that the locals experience, and that’s the Berlin that James, is experiencing. It’s gloomy, the weather isn’t great, it’s not the same city that’s plastered on the postcards. And yet, it sounds like James is falling in Love with this Berlin.
“Oh Berlin you’ve found me. Looking for more than a city” is what echoes throughout the chorus, where it makes me wonder, maybe James isn’t actually singing about the famous German city after all? Because as the song opens up into pounding drums and a fuzzy guitar, it appears that James is actually singing about someone that he’s met and seems to have caught the Berlin bug for. Instead of singing the name or the gender of the person he’s met, he’s using Berlin metaphorically as a way to sing about his feelings without revealing too much. And it definitely leaves the story open for interpretation, which in turn, makes the listener play the song on repeat to try and figure out what or who exactly James is singing about. Very clever!
I really enjoyed the song, it takes you on many twist and turns despite its short duration. It’s what keeps this early 2000’s rock anthem fresh and exciting. And it’s definitely got some kind of “European” sound to it.
Keep up the good work, James. And I hope you found what you were looking for in the famous city!
Written by Jack Saunders.
Frazer Mitchell - Producer, DJ, and Events Coordinator at Antix Music Network