Song of the Day, February 26: Do You Want Me Near You? by the Triffids

TriffidsPinesNearToday’s song comes from the Triffids charming third album, In the Pines. After recording the brilliant, complex Born Sandy Devotional, band leader David McComb wanted to step back from that epic view to a simple, intimate approach. The band retreated to a woolshed on a remote McComb family farming property and recorded a large batch of songs. The takes were straightforward and mostly live, capturing a nice around-the-campfire sound and using found instruments to augment the sound.

Drummer Alsy MacDonald contributed this track, which he wrote and sang, a rare moment in a catalogue dominated by McComb’s powerful vision. It’s a simple, lovely song of romantic insecurity that’s well suited to MacDonald’s easygoing style.

Enjoy this charming song today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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