Boxes – Throw Your Stones
That first lyric is also the opening lyric to a U2 song, a really really good one which I have heard my whole life. Good thing or bad thing? I’m not sure. I don’t really know if it’s an intentional reference. It’s always difficult to judge the uncrossable line between referencing and ripping off. Now obviously Boxes haven’t ripped off U2 here (although I must admit I haven’t really listened to the last few U2 albums that much) but he does have the whole Postal Service thing going on. Again not a bad thing, this isn’t Owl City.
It seems that every so often when a music genre springs to life or takes a radical change then the artists who go on to bulk out that new direction always get brought back to the pioneers. How many Burial “rip-offs” have you heard in the last few years? If you want to follow in the footsteps of a game changer then by definition you have a bit of task on your hands.
But who cares right? No one really. No one except music critics who don’t want to hear from any potential game changer until they have already changed the game and in the meantime are more than happy to find issues with your music that actually don’t make it sound any worse. If it sounds good then it sounds good. Music is not a game don’t try and play it.