That song changed my life: Manatee Commune

August 19, 2016

I like music, you like music and of course, your favorite bands like music.

"What song changed your life?"

I was asked this question a while ago and it has stuck with me ever since. Music is such an amazing thing from how it can turn smiles in to tears or take you from your car to half-way across the world with just a few notes, that I became fascinated with finding out what other people's life-changing songs were.

This week, I asked Local's Only Artist of the Month, Manatee Commune. (By the way, NEW EP out now!)

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It seems pretty common to have a profound auditory experience in the teenage years. Our brains are still spongy, our emotions are out of control, and our taste in art is basically nonexistent so pretty much anything that’s kind of fresh and moderately interesting will make an impact. 

I was fifteen and staying with my grandparents for a rainy weekend on the Olympic Peninsula when I first took the time to listen through Animal Collective’s sixth album Feels. There wasn’t much to do besides walk forest roads and eat blackberries, so I had a unique experience trying to pick apart the details of a seemingly cluttered record.

As I was watching the rain cascade through thick foliage and form intricate patterns on a deep, turquoise pool of glacier water, the song Banshee Beat reached that infectious climactic chorus, “So I duck out and go down to find the swimming POOOOOOOOOL.” I guess it was just the time and the place that made that track bury so far into my heart, but I’ll never forget how it made me feel. The instrumentation, the build, the lyrics, they fit so perfectly together to make this subdued, wistful, somber piece that is just so warm and comforting. Every time I hear Banshee Beat I immediately get an image of the Washington rainforest and the first place I listened to it. Definitely inspired me to make music the way I do.

-Manatee Commune


Am I the only one that wants to eat a bunch of blackberries right now? What song changed YOUR life?