Tracks of the Decade: “Myriad Harbour” by The New Pornographers


The New Pornographers
“Myriad Harbour”
from CHALLENGERS
It may be the most collosal Pixies rip-off since Cobain & co. delivered “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” but a little tribute never hurt anyone, especially done this well. In a decade that saw AC Newman’s power-pop young guns deliver triumph upon triumph, it was their own Billy the Kid, Dan Bejar, that scored an absolute classic. “Myriad Harbour” is a simple song. The lyrics are a short and simple narrative, the chord structure has already been tried by a thousand garage bands, and the chorus doesn’t tell us to do anything but “look out upon the myriad harbour.” In this, it’s a song about simple joys. And in a decade that was, let’s face it, particularly dark, sometimes we want to be reminded of the spontaneous fun that can come from standing on the street corner looking for something to do. A silly song, sure, but certainly full of delights.

bejarThe New Pornographers
“Myriad Harbour”
from CHALLENGERS

It may be the most collosal Pixies rip-off since Cobain & co. delivered “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” but a little tribute never hurt anyone, especially done so well. In a decade that saw AC Newman’s power-pop young guns deliver triumph upon triumph, it was their own Billy the Kid, Dan Bejar, that scored an absolute classic. “Myriad Harbour” is a simple song. The lyrics are a short and disjointed narrative, the chord structure has already been tried by a thousand garage bands, and the choral exhortation to “look out upon the myriad harbour” is as profound as “I wanna hold your hand.”  Yet in a decade that was, let’s face it, particularly dark, sometimes we want to be reminded of the spontaneous fun that can come from standing on the street corner in a big city looking for something to do. A silly song, sure, but certainly full of delights.

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