Usually, something that mentions work makes me pretty sad. However, “Work Day” by It Hugs Back makes me pretty glad.
Poorly-structured rhyming couplets aside, I do indeed find myself giving this trite little piece of indie ear-candy repeated listens. This jaunty tune comes to you from It Hugs Back’s full-length debut Inside Your Guitar, due out in April from esteemed English label 4AD.
This song has everything I’m looking for in a pleasant pop song; a springy beat, a nifty keyboard riff and a jangly guitar that blends right into the slightly fuzzed-out instrumental mix. Usually, the atmospheric treatment of the vocals would really bug me, but here it’d be hard to imagine them any other way. My only complaint would be that without the enthralling video to keep your attention, this song might overstay its welcome by a minute or so.
Unfortunately for It Hugs Back, there isn’t anything about this song that hasn’t been done before, and you probably won’t find this on any best-of lists 11 months from now. However, if you’re looking to take your mind off your work day, “Work Day” provides just under four minutes of salvation. If you’re a fan of Mojave 3 or ever wished that Miracle Fortress would take a more straight-forward approach, this track is for you.
Check out the video below, it’s about as neat as they come. Cheers!