This video is stupidly simple, but it allows you to appreciate the song even more. I mean that in the best, most endearing of ways. What Eric Lindley has done, quite literally, is force the viewer to focus on the words of the song. And what a song it is! Lindey’s lyrics are poetry.
Careful’s video for “It’s Funny” also encourages the amateur to pick up a guitar and learn the song, providing the running chord progression and noting to put a capo on the eighth fret. The lyrical mastery Lindley displays is near uncanny from the beginning:
It’s funny how the charcoal keeps the water clean / Soaking up the little bits of evil from the thing
And as the song continues, Careful’s wordplay is both highly literary and descriptive:
The plumb and vicious slip of skin, the cool abrasive lock: my chin is tucked against your shoulder. I am breathing up the ground. You are pretending not to notice that curt, halting, grunting sound. I fake kissing you. I fake noises someone else has maybe made…
Never has metaphorical sex been cast in such a depressing light.
Lindley’s Careful often reminds me of the elaborate pained vocals frequently heard by the likes of Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu) or Ryland Bouchard (The Robot Ate Me), while stripping away the blatant shock value and instead packing in intense emotion. You hear it here on “It’s Funny”, and again throughout Careful’s new LP, Because I Am Always Talking.
Careful’s new LP was self-released earlier this week.
Download: “It’s Funny” by Careful
Careful—”It’s Funny” from Eric Lindley on Vimeo.