I read in a paper that your memory is like the telephone game: Each time you remember something, you're really recalling the memory of the last time you remembered it. I wanted to put together a collection of songs that paint pictures — some of them so descriptive that they paint you their lucid pictures in your mind, others so reminiscent of something that once happened that they open nostalgic, palpable, sonic doors to a picture you've already seen before.
In a melodramatic wave of despair, I once tweeted Harris Shper, frontman of How Sad and writer of Young Couple: "We were a young couple driving through beautiful France. I was warned, wasn't I?" He replied, "Life is everything up and down. Hope the memory is beautiful and the future will be too." So I tried my best to remember: "Young couples fall apart! If you go all the way! Cut your losses, it's not your job." He was right, though. I still think of France's mountain roads when I listen to this song, and they're still beautiful.
Paris by The 1975 is another one of these songs. I've neither asked a Mr. Serotonin man to lend me a gram, nor had hyper-politicised sexual trysts with a boyfriend I thought might be a nihilist, but I can almost feel like I have, and it brings me back to the top of the Tour Montparnasse, watching a pink sky turn purple. Dawn Golden is one of my favourite producers, and Swing gives me new eyes, taking the bus downtown in the morning light and hanging your ghost on the power lines. While the Alina Baraz and Glass Animals tracks are anomalies here, their rich, ripe pictures are definitely no less vivid. You can thank me when your ears are back from that lush, sonic holiday, but not till after I'm back from the otherworldly places AURORA's Black Water Lilies takes me, every time.
Linying's debut EP, Paris 12, is available now. Get the album here.