You think it's easy
Toi think I don't want to run to you
But there are mountains
And there are doors that we can't walk through
I know you're wondering why
Because we're able to be
Just you and me
Within these walls
But when we go outside
You're going to wake up and see that it was hopeless after all
“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony, It's up to you today to start making healthy choices. Not choices that are just healthy for your body, but healthy for your mind.”
Find the little things in your life that bring you joy! For me, it’s ice cream!!! Or in this case dulce de Leche! I love traveling to new places and trying out every single type of food. And who doesn’t love finishing it off with some great dessert. Whether it’s watching a funny movie, laughing with a friend, or even going back for seconds, take those little moments in your life for joy so you can continue to have those big moments! What’s your favorite?
“Lux prima” is Latin for “first light,” and as a title it’s a nearly perfect fit for the debut effort from Karen O and Danger Mouse.
The album largely oscillates between two modes: mixtape adventurism and mashup experimentalism. Bookend songs “Lux Prima” and “Nox Lumina” are the latter, and are of a pair: they’re the two longest songs on the record and they imagine the result of something like stitching together the groove of Massive Attack’s “Protection” and the spaciness of Pink Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond." And the duo pulls it off via lush production and brilliant melodies. Similarly, “Reveries” morphs from bedroom demo guitar picking to haunting art-pop craft as it progresses, its steady and confident build selling the endeavor.
As for the former mode, take the bluesy stomper “Woman” or the disco-infused “Turn the Light” as examples, both of which are (mostly) played straight. They shouldn't work, either on their own or within the context of an album in the typical sense, but they do because of the ‘no boundaries’ mentality throughout. This is to say nothing of the superbly layered, headphone-preferring production and some strong hooks, of course.
As for the lyrics, they encapsulate the music by suggesting an independence of their own. After declaring that “We’re the life inside a flame” on the bubble bath lovely “Drown," O asks to be allowed to drown as a release. The title track seems to discuss a freedom in anonymity in the refrain: “I’m nowhere, I’m no one, I’m nobody/ There’s nobody but you." And on “Redeemer” she sees freedom as transformative by shedding one’s makeup and tail.
Yet it’s a promotional photo of the duo that might make for the most effective summation of Lux Prima. In it, Karen O and Danger Mouse are in a corner, at the edge of a pool. Karen O stands and is wearing a bold dress that changes color depending on the light, while Danger Mouse sits next to her wearing a traditional suit and tie. It’s the juxtaposition of shimmering and subtle, of everything and nothing. It’s the idea that not only do opposites attract, if paired correctly they can become something great.