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Interpol’s Top 10 Songs

on September 04, 2014, 12:00am
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10. “A Time to Be So Small”

From Antics (2004)

“A creature is a creature though you wish you were the wind.” Play that line to any teenager who’s ever felt like a prisoner in their own mutant husk of a body and you’ll get more than a glimmer of recognition. Through a cascade of barely discernible spoken words, Paul Banks’ sorrowful baritone rings through. He sounds like that felon stuck in solitary that he sings about earlier on Antics, only singing from inside a much smaller cell. As ever, there’s no hope of release from this psychic captivity: “He whistles and he runs, so hold him fast,” Banks urges. When you find yourself both the inmate and the warden of your own head, there’s nowhere you can run. –Sasha Geffen

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