Do you ever have an artist whose music you greatly enjoy but aren’t hot on them as a person particularly? That’s my struggle with Bleachers. I usually really vibe with their music and I will be the first to admit that Jack Antonoff has repeatedly proven he’s incredibly talented (seriously name a big artist or pop song in the last few years and there’s good chances he’s had a hand in it.) However, he’s also so ensconced in the circles of Lena Dunham and Taylor Swift who are two people I really can’t stand and I’m just petty enough to allow that fact to annoy me sometimes. I want to be ambivalent, but dang it does he create too alluring of music. That was yet again the case with “Don’t Take the Money” – the first single off Bleachers’ upcoming sophomore album.
When I first heard “Don’t Take the Money” I wasn’t sure what I thought. I couldn’t decide if I liked it or hated it. For some reason, I gave it another listen. Somewhere in there I kept listening and now I am fully hooked. It’s a fun and upbeat song that is perfect for rolling the windows down and welcoming spring in.
This is an 80s inspired jam to the max. There’s a catchy hook and lots of shimmering layers of sound and minor distortion in the vocals that are reminiscent of the glam era. Antonoff partnered with Lorde on “Don’t Take the Money” and it’s apparent. When the New Zealand songstress makes her appearance, the airy quality to the entire song finally makes sense. It was practically made for her small part in the last chorus.
I saw a remark from Antonoff that “Don’t Take the Money” is a phrase he often says to himself and it has literally nothing to do with actual money. It’s a reminder to follow the light, stay on track and to trust your gut feeling.
Either way it’s two thumbs up and repeated plays from this girl.
What song have you been really digging lately?
P.S. – I just want to listen to music and dance around. Thankfully, I have more than one song in my arsenal for getting me in that mood.
Until next time,