Riff: Beach House – “Black Car”

May 14, 2018

We want to go inside the cold/It’s like a tomb, but it’s something to hold/And in the time before it ends/When the stillness bends

from Black Car lyrics by Beach House

A slow building beat creates a dark and suspenseful tone, one that saturates the narrative with tension and uncertainty. The dialogue sounds as if it’s taking place in the mind, a cerebral conversation that has her digging deep in her memory bank. The past can be as real as the present moment, and to come to terms with what has transpired she’s allowing her memories to have its own stage.


Riff by Jeff Min

Jeff Min is a Chicago-based writer at SONGLYRICS. His work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Hi-Fructose, Wax Poetics, SLAM, and HOOP.

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