2013 is shaping up to be a truly amazing year for records. Among the long list of releases I have been excited for, I added a new one to the list when I learned the Cold War Kids are coming out with a new album in a couple weeks. Remember them? Yeah, they still make music, and it is pretty good. My tags told me I haven’t posted their stuff before, though I enjoyed Robbers and Cowards immensely back in the day. Who didn’t, though? I remember it being rather ubiquitous, one of those records I came across upon on my own, then heard tastemakers jamming out to elsewhere else, then saw while thumbing through someone else’s iTunes with completely different time.

There’s something a little off about their sound I really get into, something busted-carnival in their bright pianos and just-ever-so-slightly out of tune vocals. Discovering CWK’s latest single was courtesy of the local college radio, and I found it was an enjoyable soundtrack on the drive home from the grocery store. 
“I was supposed to do great things
I know the road was long
But I wasn’t raised to shoot for fame
I had the safety on

I cut my ties, I sold my rings
I wanted none of this
If you start from scratch you have to sing
Just for the fun of it

I’d be alright, if I could just see you
Come up for air, come up for air
A miracle mile, where does it lead to
Come up for air, come up for air

I feel the air upon my face
Forget the mess I’m in
Hold me again, don’t count mistakes
I lost track of them

I’d be alright, if I could just see you
Come up for air, come up for air
A miracle mile, where does it lead to
Come up for air, come up for air

I was in the mud, I was in the dirt
Went underground and I found what I was worth
All alone and I know I can’t stay
But we’re walking up and down the streets to stay awake

Come up for air, come up for air, come up
Come up for air, come up for air, come up
Come up for air, come up for air, come up
Come up for air, come up for air, come up

Get outside, get all over the world
You learn to love what you get in return
It may be a problem and it may be peace of mind
Put your head down down and breathe one breath at a time

Come up for air, come up for air, come up
Come up for air, come up for air, come up
Come up for air, come up for air, come up
Come up for air, come up for air, come up

I’d be alright, if I could just see you
Come up for air, come up for air
A miracle mile, where does it lead to
Come up for air, come up for air


I’d be alright, if I could just see you

A miracle mile, where does it lead to?

~Miracle Mile 
Cold War Kids, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts