Dum Dum Girls - Bedroom eyes (Sub Pop)

Nice e-mail from Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls this morning (me and a several thousand others) with details of a new song from the upcoming second album, Only in dreams. Yesterday we had literature courtesy of Handsome Furs in the shape of a William T. Vollmann novel, today it's poetry. I've been doing this a lot lately, but I'm going to reprint the e-mail because it's so far from run-of-the-mill.

"Liebe,

"Bedroom Eyes," the first proper single off of Only In Dreams, will be released shortly in mp3 format and eventually as a 7" with a dreamy b-side cover. It was the last song I wrote before we holed up in our LA practice space for two weeks before recording. It's a special sort of confusion and frustration brought on by lack of sleep.

I remember reading the following poem by Dante Gabriel Rossetti as I saw trails and tripped out a bit before the pills finally kicked in. Love within the context of insomnia and separation? Kinda my thing.

Thin are the night-skirts left behind
By daybreak hours that onward creep,
And thin, alas! the shred of sleep

That wavers with the spirit's wind:
But in half-dreams that shift and roll
And still remember and forget,
My soul this hour has drawn your soul
A little nearer yet.

Our lives, most dear, are never near,
Our thoughts are never far apart,
Though all that draws us heart to heart
Seems fainter now and now more clear.
To-night Love claims his full control,
And with desire and with regret
My soul this hour has drawn your soul
A little nearer yet.

Is there a home where heavy earth
Melts to bright air that breathes no pain,
Where water leaves no thirst again
And springing fire is Love's new birth?
If faith long bound to one true goal
May there at length its hope beget,
My soul that hour shall draw your soul
For ever nearer yet.


- Dante Gabriel Rossetti"

"Liebe", that's great. Plus she's obviously a hopeless romantic. Her vibrato voice is given free and glorious rein on this track, although I must say on first few listens the song as a whole doesn't seem to scale the heights of I will be. However, this is the Dum Dums we're talking about, so full judgement will be suspended until the album sees the light of day.

Dum Dum Girls - Bedroom Eyes by subpop

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