On occasion, music will make me cry. It's usually not because a song is particularly sad or moving, but because it's inexplicably beautiful on multiple levels.
Ben Lee's new album, Ripe, does not come out until next month, but he's just released a cockteasing three-track EP to give us a preview of things to come. The lead single, "Love Me Like the World is Ending," and the nifty, infectious "American Television" (I dare you not to woo-hoo-hoo along) are melodic indie rockers, but it is the mostly acoustic "Ripe" with its simple yet profound lyrics and its innocent worldview that's the real tear-baiting gem.
You remember how much I love Ben Lee and his music, so you know how glorious a day this has been, taking in the EP for the first time this afternoon on my Sony headphones and with my eyes closed. As Shelley Duvall says in Annie Hall: "Transplendid."
(Don't know who Ben Lee is? Where the fuck have you been? Who the fuck are you? You do remember "Catch my Disease," right? Right?!)