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Destroy Everything You Touch

Ladytron

Witching Hour (2005)

I am always drawn to creative works that focus on the concept of trying to control emotion — as a very rational person, it is frustrating to know that feelings generally don’t respond to logic. Ladytron delves deep into that territory on this song, singing about destroying “anything that may desert you / so it cannot hurt you.” The contrast of soft female vocals against an onslaught of synths and beats is a fitting representation of the tug of war between feeling and thinking. There is no resolution in the song either — it’s just a battle, with each side trying to destroy the other. Maybe I’m being too cerebral about this, because all that aside, it’s just a great song.

(the real video is not embeddable — this is a fan-made clip)

Also check out: “Machine Gun” by Portishead