December 23rd, 2013 1:13pm

Growing Closer

Maria Magdalena “CVMC (Cada Vez Más Cerca)”

One of the nice things about listening to songs in languages I cannot understand is that I get to enjoy it on a purely musical level. I can infer a bit from contextual clues, or seek out a translation of the lyrics, but even still the vocals just sort of wash over me, and it’s mostly just abstraction to my ears. This is a nice change of pace – I maybe spend too much time letting my experiences with music be shaped by lyrical intention, when that’s only a portion of what’s happening in most songs. “CVMC” is definitely the kind of song that doesn’t really need words to get across an emotion – it basically sounds like Kate Bush collaborating with Giorio Moroder in the early ’80s, and it’s at this perfect intersection of dreamy joy and mild melancholy.

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