Listening In

Album: Critical Equation (2018)
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  • This pensive track introduces Dr. Dog's Critical Equation album. Co-frontman Scott McMicken told Consequence of Sound the story of the song:

    "I was alone at my house and I had one of those '90s, battery powered keyboards. I was using that to write songs. I do that more and more. Most of my life I've just written songs with an acoustic guitar or a piano. The feel of the song has become a more exciting part of music in general for me. I wrote a bunch of songs that night. It was such an awesome night. For whatever reason, everything was just making sense in the way I wanted it to. It was this intuitive thing where I'm not taking things too seriously. Turns out the less seriously I take them out of the gate, the closer I get to a conclusion that in the end feels really serious for me. It's inviting yourself into that process without any pretense. It's a nice way to get somewhere deeper.

    Listening in is the voyeuristic thing. It's like being at a restaurant and listening to people. They're not talking to you. Sometimes the natural world feels that way. That's where I was coming from with that tune."

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