Old English Decadence
This is my favorite song off the album, and from 2021 period. It captures a strange and novel atmosphere of decadence and cultural decline that I’ve never heard in a song since the old Kinks album “Arthur…”… and it does this all in under 2 1/2 minutes The image I see is of a languid, pastoral society of emptiness and old empire sweaters and long dresses; of dissipation, dissoluteness, degeneracy, and unspoken debauchery, corruption and depravity. But the moral decay and existential void of these low level aristocrats is broken every verse, by the sporty, sassy, irresistible refrain that conjures one clear image each time I hear “lord snowdon, reporting for service…” : Snoopy, marching away obliviously happy on top of Schoeder’s piano, each time a happy wartime tune is played. Don’t know why, but there it is!