I have a confession: I love duets. Not all duets, mind you, but I do have a weak spot for a couple of indie rockers getting together and making magic. The National and St. Vincent? Talk about perfection! Grizzly Bear and Beach House? Yes, please! So when I heard that cellist Ben Sollee was collaborating with folkie Daniel Martin Moore, my interest was piqued from the beginning. Of course, then I heard the record and boy howdy! It was everything I dreamed and more - In particular, the track "Something, Somewhere, Sometime".
Every element of Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore's Dear Companion comes together perfectly on "Something, Somewhere, Sometime" without one facet of the song outshining the other and while their voices compliment each other beautifully and Moore's crafty guitar work is showcased beautifully, what really gets me about the track are the lyrics and melody.
As the men plead for forgiveness in the chorus while explaining their actions in the verses, I can't help but relate the song to every boy I've ever bummed out as the song plays out like more than a few of my failed relationships. Sollee and Moore can't settle down in the song, they miss their intended targets, pass by people they perhaps shouldn't, and although it happens all the time, the behavior repeats in a cycle they're unable to break due to the familiarity of their surroundings. Does this sound familiar to anyone else or is it just me?
The lyrics to "Something, Somewhere, Sometime" read like a letter to any one of my ex-fellas that liked me significantly more than I liked them - So much so in fact that this song makes me want to craft a mix of apology for being a bad girlfriend. No single line ever written is more suited for this task than "If I've wounded you, I'm sorry. I had good intentions." because it's true, I usually do have good intentions, and usually, things don't work out in my favor. In the words of Matt Berninger, I'm so sorry for everything and just like Sollee and Moore, I just want a little forgiveness.