It’s been a long time since I’ve felt such an instantaneous connection to a song. I’m not talking about the big goofy grin that I get when hearing a fun uptempo number for the first time, or the familiar frission I feel when an old favourite comes on, but the immediate sense of ownership that comes when a song nestles in my chest and refuses to budge.

I knew ten seconds in that this was a song bound to become one of my dearest favourites. Those opening notes conjured up such a feeling of yearning, the kind of melancholy that is beautiful in its sadness. No matter how fun or catchy or infectious a song is, a beautifully executed lament will always, always, win in my book.

All Apologies and Smiles, Yours Truly, Ugly Valentine – Carissa’s Wierd