The year 2000; the start of the new millennium, but more importantly the birth of new ideas, perspectives and emotions.
Around the same time as the world welcomed in this new decade, a fresh sound was growing from the suburban basements, and urban meadows of America and Canada. A sound that projected pure poetry and delicate lyrical narratives,Â set toÂ beautifully crafted instrumental dream states. Circa 2000, the pioneers of this â€˜post-rockesqueâ€™ styling included bands such as Bright Eyes, The Shins and Death Cab For Cutie, all of which continue to evolve and develop this glorious sound 10 years on.Â ButÂ one group who appear to have nurtured the genre throughout the decade, andÂ are still exploring it to this day, are Broken Social Scene.
Formed in Canada in 1999, Broken Social Scene originally existed as a mix of collaborators, musicians and friendsÂ who blended an array of musical projects and ideas together. After two years of fine tuning, founding members Brendan Canning and Kevin Drew wrote the bandâ€™s debut album â€œFeel Good Lostâ€; a myriad of moods and tones that truly paints a picture of theÂ mass artist collective present andÂ the new millennium perspective.
â€œFeel Good Lostâ€ is apt as a debut as it consists mostly of instrumental stylings, and in many ways acts as introduction to the bandâ€™s avant-garde direction. The moods contained in the album rise and fall and a series ofÂ emotions, and dreams are explored in intimate detail. â€˜Alive In 85â€™ capturing a rather more jovial mood setting with muffled yet busy tempo, and gently wafting guitar melodies. Whereas, â€˜Stomach Songâ€™ represents aÂ more claustrophobic, enclosed atmosphere, with its murky orchestration and eerie collection of vocal clips looped over and over throughout. The collection of work here tends to float along sweetly, culminating in the heavy â€˜Last Placeâ€™, that acts as the awakening from the troubled, yet peaceful dream of the album.
As â€œFeel Good Lostâ€ reaches itâ€™s optimistic closing track â€˜Cranleyâ€™s Gonna Make Itâ€™, one canâ€™t help but agree with the albumâ€™s title; that it has felt good being lifted out of the harshness of real life, and left alone to wonder in this pure dream state. Admittedly, Broken Social Sceneâ€™s debut isnâ€™t one of strength or power. But what it does hold is potential, promise and the odd sense of escapism that exists so beautifully in the music of all those visionary bandâ€™s way back in 2000.
The Year 2000: That start of the great escape!