I’m a sucker for an indie alternative band that boasts a fantastically alarming number of members (see also: Broken Social Scene, The New Pornographers, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes), and Margot & the Nuclear So and Sos fits the bill beautifully.
What I love about a Margot song, and this song in particular, is that as it plays, it breaks any and all expectations of where it’s supposed to go. “Cold, Kind, & Lemon Eyes” begins solemnly and somberly, with acoustic guitars and single-picked strings. Then the chorus gets darker, more agressive– but it’s second verse that steals my heart. Effects sweep and soar throughout it, creating a chaotic atmosphere that emphasizes the plea in the lyric, “please don’t drop bombs on me, I beg of thee, just leave me in peace.”
“Cold, Kind, and Lemon Eyes” can be found on their second full-length CD, “Not Animal”, or the band-approved “Animal!”, the latter of which was the intended version of the album, which features songs not on “Not Animal (which I still need to get…).