After their daringly contrarian video for “A Burden Of Our Youth,” Philadelphia’s Metropolis America return with their new single “Bittersweet."
Recorded with producer Brian Sperber (Julian Casablancas, Moby), “Bittersweet” covers emotional territory that will be familiar to many: what do you do when you love your best friend without any assurance that it’s requited?
The song’s structure reflects its title, with intensely bitter verses offset by a sweetly danceable guitar hook. “I know about the crushes you’ve felt, who broke your heart, who made you melt,” vocalist Christian Mora complains, but that hook comes in to lift the mood before it gets too melancholy.
Still, the song never entirely shakes that sense of sadness. In the chorus, Mora bemoans the incompleteness of his situation, wondering when he’ll be the one inspiring emotions instead of absorbing them and offering condolences. He’s not optimistic. “What do you care?” he asks, and without the song’s shining guitars, active groove, and dreamy synth tones, you’d think he’d already given up.
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