Someone’s waiting there for me; I know it
Meiko released “Back in the Game” March 16. “I wrote this song as a ‘going-out anthem’ for the broken-hearted,” she writes on her website. You know: brush your knees off, get back in there and kick some ass!”
I don’t really care if you believe it
It’s been a while since I last checked in with Meiko (she pronounces it “Meeko”) and I regretted my being out of touch within five seconds of hitting play on my first spin. The lyrics are positive, but the tune has a dark, echoey, I-may-be-lost-in-a-parking-structure vibe I totally love. Block out the vocals and you’d feel pretty confident guessing this is a Raveonettes song.
The chanting quality of the chorus goes really nicely with the droning rhythm, and I dig the nice color added by the strumming acoustic and those nice electric guitar fills. The build-up at the end, especially where Meiko turns her vocals up and out rather than down and in, gives the song a final, uplifting momentum. No Raveonettes feeling at the end for sure.
I’m back in the game
Who doesn’t love Meiko’s voice? Add this track to your why-am-I-still-up? playlist. It’ll make you keenly aware of the loneliness of insomnia but it’ll make you feel like it’ll be okay in the morning, if morning ever gets here.
So let’s play
also, this wonderful cover of the Cranberries’ “Zombie.” Meiko says she’s releasing a covers album this summer, and this is going to be on it.