It’s not easy to describe the feeling of being in love. Though many of us have felt it, we tend to convince ourselves that our individual experiences of it are unique from others’ — as though each of us as invented this new, indescribable feeling that could not have possibly been felt by anyone else, and that could never be repeated with another person.
“In Love Again”, a recent single by Canadian indie-rock band Yukon Blonde, is a testament to that giddy, butterflies-in-the-belly reaction we have to falling in love, and that it doesn’t only have to happen once in our lives.
The song opens with a warped, almost vintage sounding synth before leading into a layered and upbeat guitar riff. Via simple but effective harmonies, the vocalists sing of their fondness for this new love in their lives:
I love the way you hold my hand
Not traditional but then again
Nothing in our lives is ever then
It’s the way I want my time spent
I love it when you wake me up
Not abrasive now but rather soft
And I know I am a little rough
I’m addicted to the coffee love
When you’re really in love, it’s the little things like hand-holding and waking up together that can become so much more intimate than ever before. These verses are an ode to the object of this adoration: a way to tell them that those little moments are not only recognized but appreciated.
It’s during the wavy, heavily indie sounding chorus when we learn that the protagonist of this love affair didn’t believe they would ever love again:
I told myself I would never write
Another love song forever
But here I am in love again
I told my friends I would always end up
Alone again but here I am in love again
The heartbreak of losing love is almost unparalleled, and therefore it is difficult to be willing to possibly go through it again for a new love. It’s also easy to believe that, after having a great love, there is no one else in the world that could make you feel that way. So it makes sense to us that this person would think they’d never love again.
The second set of verses reflect on the need we feel to constantly be around the one we love because of how good they make us feel:
You tell me when I’m not around
That I should keep myself from getting down
I appreciate the sentiment
But I don’t know if I can relent
Not only does being around a love make us feel good, but it distracts us from our negative emotions. Such distraction is another pillar of why we as humans cling to those we love. Any diversion from thinking dark thoughts can be hard to let go of, even for a short while.
“In Love Again” is song whose title describes itself perfectly. The tune is a musical representation of the high of being in love, whether it be for the first, second, or even the tenth time. It takes courage and resilience to risk another heartache for the sake of feeling such love again knowing how it might end. But it also shows how powerful that chemical reaction we call falling in love can be, and the crazy things it can make us do. Yukon Blonde has done a commendable job at putting these experiences into words and creating a production to match the sentiment.