I send songs to my Dad to review and post his exact words. [My notes in brackets.]
DIRTY PROJECTORS - GUN HAS NO TRIGGER
Generally speaking, “dark” songs will get a lower rating from me than any other type. They just put my mind in a place where I’m not feeling very generous with style points. Plus, if my emotions get dampened by a song, why would I want other people to experience it. Example: You walk up to a friend, “Hey, you are looking exceptionally cheerful today! I got a song that will wipe the smile right off your face!”
See what I mean.
OK, the song is dark; let’s get over that little detail. The style is reminiscent of the older James Bond theme songs, ala “The Man with the Golden Gun”, or “Diamonds are Forever”. If the band were around back then, they could have easily scored a soundtrack deal. It is always interesting to find out the musical influences that contribute to an artist’s creative process. This time I’d bet they spent Saturday afternoons growing up watching spy movies.
Once you let all of that go, we get down to the performance itself, which was really well done. Not the “Well Done” that ruins a steak, but the “Well Done” that means these are a group of really talented people. Unique vocals and great playing all around make this a good song with a somber attitude. If you ever find yourself smiling too much, or need to start a little cloak-and-dagger work put this little tune on your favorite listening device and set the volume to medium low.