Some songs are just dangerous. Meet Me By The Water is one of those songs. It's a three-minute piece of indie-pop propaganda that makes you wish to be by a riverbank with a battery-powered record player and a scene-girl pulling at her laddered tights as the sun goes down. All of which sounds incredibly romantic when you're trapped in a tiny room with a bed, hunkered over a computer at 3am trying to finish writing a miniature programming language. I can tell you that the reality of the situation involves a lot more ants, forgetting to bring a spare set of batteries and bickering over a vinyl collection than this song indicates.
The brainchild of Ann Arbor's Fred Thomas, a virtual band with an ever-changing line-up (though they're currently on an extended hiatus), SLGTM is one of the decade's hidden gems, an American indie-pop band that owes as much to Dexy's Midnight Runners as they do to any of their contemporaries. All Your Summer Songs (where this song is culled from) is probably the highlight of their career so far, a kitchen-sink blend of Motown and Phil Spector with a disarming dash of indie hipsterism that'll make your heart bounce and your mind whirl. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to find some batteries.
[Album: All Your Summer Songs]