June 24, 2013
Song of Summer #6: I Love You
Hearing I Love You by Woodkid - the stage name of French singer songwriter Yoann Lemoine - reminded me a bit of when I discovered The Divine Comedy back in 1995. There is always a place for this kind of sweeping, Walker Brothers-inspired music. It becomes a standard the first time you hear it. The orchestral middle eight, from 2:12 to 2:51, will lay you flat. There is nothing more romantic than a love that remains unrequited.
An acoustic version amplifies the heartsick quality of the lyrics. The album this is from, The Golden Age, is out now worldwide. Run Boy Run and Iron are also recommended. The cool trivia about Lemoine/Woodkid is that he's also a well-known video director. His resume includes Katy Perry's Teenage Dream and Lana Del Rey's Born to Die.