Occasionally, I find myself in a musical sweet spot. All of the stars have aligned and there are a few albums or songs that just seem to fit together that I listen to over and over. These groupings are usually a combination of new releases, older albums I am just hearing for the first time, and classic favorites that I have rediscovered. During these times I can’t wait to get in my car or to my computer because I’ve already got a playlist in my head ready to go.
However, even while enjoying this bliss, I know what is lurking just around the corner. You can only obsessively do anything for a short amount of time before it starts to get annoying, and that is especially true with music choice. After a week or so, the sweet spot starts to get old. Dramatic choruses become comical (“Knights of Cydonia”). Things that were once unique start to become annoying (The xx really need to read this article). Aspects of a song that once drew me in start to push me away (i.e. the howling whine of Alec Ounsworth in “Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth”…and every other Clap Your Hands And Say Yeah song).