Track of the Day: 'Dog Days Are Over'

Past TracksYes, Florence + the Machine played "Dog Days Are Over" at the MTV Video Music Awards last weekend and doomed the song to hipster write-off.

But the track is lovely, punchy, and gets better with every turn. It starts off like springtime with a harp and Flo's surreal voice; picks up pace with some sassy clapping and banjo-plucking, then slams into high gear with a snare drum thudding beneath her low wail: "The dog days are over..." The lyrics are just the right combination of poetic and unsettling without trying too hard. And they're perfect for this time of year. I listen to this song multiple times each day to rally as I work in the doldrums of Texas summer. Thank you, Florence, for the vision of the dog days being over.

Warning: The official video is a bit much--check out the live version where she's running around a giant stage custom-made just for her bare-footed, red-headed blaze of glory. And die happy.


On iTunes: Florence and the Machine / "Dog Days Are Over"

new track button.png
Presented by

Kean Tonetti is a writer and consultant based in Austin, Texas.

Never Tell People How Old They Look

Age discrimination affects us all. Who cares about youth? James Hamblin turns to his colleague Jeffrey Goldberg for advice.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Never Tell People How Old They Look

Age discrimination affects us all. James Hamblin turns to a colleague for advice.

Video

Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

Video

Pittsburgh: 'Better Than You Thought'

How Steel City became a bikeable, walkable paradise

Video

A Four-Dimensional Tour of Boston

In this groundbreaking video, time moves at multiple speeds within a single frame.

Video

Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did.

If pop music is too homogenous, that's because listeners want it that way.

More in Entertainment

Just In