“On Your Own”
Live at Meltdown Festival, 2000
I was listening to this song this morning and thinking about how while the hooks are pretty amazing and joyful, a lot of the appeal of “On Your Own” comes down to very, very specific sounds: Damon Albarn’s heavily accented brat-bleat, and this very particular distortion on Graham Coxon’s guitar that seamlessly cuts from a melodic lick to something like a car horn put through heavy dub processing. I have been writing about music for years now, I have loved this song for half of my life, and I am having so much trouble even describing this sound. But that, I think, is the mark of a great piece of music. It should always be a little like a magic trick you can’t figure out.