Desert Island Sundays Year End edition: Communist Daughter - Speed of Sound
I thought it would be fun to look at what song from 2010 had the most plays in itunes.
turns out it was ‘Speed of Sound’ from my favorite local album of the year by Communist Daughter. A new band with a strong pedigree (songwriter Johnny Solomon also fronted the power pop group Friends Like These).
This album actually reminds how lucky I am to live in Minneapolis, because we have such a strong local music scene. You can go out to see awesome local music almost every night of the week if you want.
Communist Daughter though are something else entirely. It is like they sprang fully formed from the basement of the Prescott, Wisconsin restaurant/bar that Solomon owns that doubles as their practice space.
Poppy arrangements with beautiful harmonies, the songs nevertheless have a wistfulness or melancholy about them that draws you in. This combination works to make the songs fit for a late night on the porch drinking wine with friends or as a soundtrack to a drive across the empty corn and soybean fields of southern minnesota.
It is perhaps fitting then that this is my most listened to song as the lyrics seem to question the decisions and direction of Solomon’s life to this point while resigning himself to that life.
we are lucky he decided to give music another shot and I can’t wait to hear what else he has in store for the future