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Saturday, October 07, 2017

The Qualia - Too Well Taught



The music of New York-based trio The Qualia speaks to the heart as much as to the head. Reflecting the passionate and analytical personalities of Lars Casteen, Rossen Nedelchev, and Matt Raymond, the group’s music combines a wry humor and dancefloor sensibility with lyrical depth and jangle to create their own brand of modern new wave. Songs are steeped with contemporary New York references.


Their latest, Too Well Taught - which features the trumpet from player Marco Coco, is a bit more indie pop than prior releases and thoroughly enjoyable. It's the perfect foil to the garbage playing on repeat on regular radio. Four years since our first post on the band, they're definitely still heading in the right direction.  
  
LYRICS
Soft chin,
deep lines,
and sad eyes.
It's not a noteworthy smile,
but I guess it's mine.
Everything I've tried -
cigarettes in '99.
It was fine.
I only did it to know what it was like,
to feel the bite,
and I backed off every time.
It's such a difficult life,
when you live it part time.
I've been too well taught to ever go crazy,
ever get nuts,
but you help me loosen up.
When you load in,
your phone rings,
oh, those strings.
You fight for a moment to sing anything.
Years ago, my brother
was on the LES 'til 3,
but now there's me,
a decade later,
working overtime in Queens,
a philistine,
dying for some sleep.
It's such a difficult life,
when you live it part time.
I've been too well taught to ever go crazy,
ever get nuts,
but you help me loosen up.
It's such a difficult life,
when you live it part time.
It's such a difficult life,
when you live it part time.
I've been too well taught to ever go crazy,
ever get nuts,
but you help me loosen up.

The Qualia
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