“Tired of Love” is a nostalgic ode to The Dig’s past, yet sets sound for new evolution
The Dig is no stranger to soft sad songs, compilations of intense feeling and smooth production. “Tired of Love,” the alternative rock band’s latest single, is no exception, yet it outlines a clear evolution from the band’s earliest dream-rock days.
Listen: “Tired of Love” – The Dig
“Tired Of Love” is a lyrical masterpiece, with poetic description and thoughtful phonetics. The opening lines speak of sand in a lover’s hair and storm clouds rolling in, an image that reads of of love and contentment, but is quickly outdone by the chorus’ exclamation of lost interest. As the song continues to reveal that the narrator is “tired of love,” the opening lines become just a beautiful moment of a memory. Impressively, the way they are written lead listeners to envision them as such from the very start.
The song paints a picture of falling out of love without listing reason why. It’s simply a declaration that the idea of “love” is no longer worth the narrator’s time, an idea little explored in the realm of breakup songs. Other than chorus’ mention of lost fights, the song is a done deal, solidifying the idea that the narrator is, if not already, moving on.
Musically, “Tired Of Love” is an alternative rock standard, yet brings in the long-loved traits only The Dig can manifest. The chorus is very much an ode to garage rock, sounding synonymous to the upbeat, yet calm demeanor of modern garage rock bands like Twin Peaks. The Dig pulls off the aesthetic, succumbing to the sound yet never fully giving in to washed out vocals and disembodied instrumentals. Instead, it keeps with their clear and calm arrangements, a beautiful transition into energy from the sweetly soothing verses.
The verses, heavily loaded with lyrical focus, play with light piano and layered vocals. They set the mood for the “sad song” part of any breakup tune, yet allow the song to accelerate in erupting emotions when the chorus hits. The calm before and after the chorus complete with haunting vocals is the perfect display of The Dig, pulling the sound from even their earliest days.
“Tired Of Love” was released alongside an acoustic version, the stripped track living very much in a moody devastation. Vocally and instrumentally, the song sounds like an admittance of defeat with a stronger feeling of genuine sadness as compared to the unamused proclamation displayed in the original track.
The two-part single release is a follow up single from the band’s latest album Bloodshot Tokyo, released Feb. 3 via Roll Call Records. The album is full of big, experimental rock moments like synths and manipulated vocals, steering away from the raw moments of the band’s past.
“Tired Of Love” serves up nostalgia in framed memory moments, and it acts as the same for long time fans of the band. In comparison to long-loved tracks like “I Already Forgot Everything You Said” and “Penitentiary,” the latest single is a refreshing reminder of the raw rock days of the band. Still, it’s a current masterpiece and lives up to rock trends, closely followed by the entirety of Bloodshot Tokyo. It’s an attempt at a new sound, close to a band rebranding, that holds onto the best parts of the past while stepping into the direction of the future.
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