EELS: Mistakes Of My Youth
To be completely honest, I had kind of lost touch with my old Californian favourites EELS since their 2009 release Hombre Lobo. That album was the soundtrack to my summer, back at a time when I had just graduated and started my first full-time job. It was, if nothing else, a complete shock to my lifestyle to suddenly be spending the majority of my day inside a small air-conditioned room.
To help get me through the long days of solitary confinement, I would make a habit of walking to a local park/shop/cafe/lake/anywhere to soak up a bit of sunshine and fresh air. No loner lunchbreak would be complete without a soundtrack, and my headphones mostly found themselves filled with the husky vocals of Mark Oliver Everett (better known as 'E', for whatever reason).
As the weather has been reaching almost-apocalyptic temperatures here in California (I am still trying to get my head around fahrenheit), I've found myself reaching for some nostalgic summer tunes the past week or so. I guess all this reminiscing lead me to stumble upon the latest release from E and company - "Mistakes Of My Youth". It seems I'm not the only one who's been getting nostalgic recently...
The video follows a boy and his bike through a series of awkward, youthful rebellion - perfectly capturing the sentiment that the only way to learn is by making mistakes, at least, in my eyes (this comes from someone who is still making mistakes, at the still-vaguely-but-no-longer-so-youthful age of 26). The song itself is introspective and honest, pairing Everett's musings with that signature jangly guitar, and some moody strings.
The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett comes as a welcome surprise to me, after last year's album Wonderful, Glorious. I usually try to keep negative comments to myself, but after hearing "Kinda Fuzzy" I unfortunately lost interest in the album, and briefly, the band. This latest record sees Everett step out from behind the moniker 'E' - exposing himself emotionally and giving a sense of vulnerability to the songs that, for some reason or other, are easier to connect with once you know who the man behind the music is.
You can stream the album below, and catch the band on tour from now until July across America and Europe.