“Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. How on earth can you explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love? Put your hand on a stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with that special girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.”
– Albert Einstein
Have you ever been really into someone, and when you’re together, you completely lose track of time? You’re making out (Yes, “making out.” We’re in high school. JUST GO WITH IT, OKAY?) and when you finally stop and check the clock, hours have slipped by without you even noticing? You can spend forever lying in bed, staring into each other’s eyes, trying to come up with more ways to say “I love you” and it never feels like it’s long enough? But then, after you say good-bye, and you’re waiting to see them again, those minutes, hours, days just CRAWL?
Love twists our perception of time. Like Spoon’s “Inside Out” says – time turns “inside out, time gets distorted when there’s intense gravity.” Love creates its OWN gravity and that gravity warps your time and space. You’re these two bodies, two planets, two worlds both pulling each other into your orbits so strongly – you become satellites for one another, affecting one another’s perceptions like the moon affects the tides.
The song starts with sugary, ethereal strings (that sound, by the way, a LOT like the very beginning of the Simpsons intro.) And then, the bassline comes in, and you’re dragging your feet through clouds: you’re heavy, but you’re floating. Like you’ve taken an Ativan or you’ve just gotten off a rocky ship onto solid land. Everything’s a bit hazy. Misty. You’re almost gliding right THROUGH the clouds, or above them, just slightly, for the whole song. Have you ever gotten lost in your own thoughts? You know, you’re daydreaming about a person, smiling without realizing you’re even smiling, just thinking about them? The rest of the world… your surroundings… other people… all fade into the background.
“Mmm, there’s only you I need.
They do not make me complete”
That’s what this song feels like. It’s those moments where you lose track of time. When you lose track of yourself. When you’re falling into this other person’s gravity so completely that nothing else matters.
Like love, “Inside Out” is not only addictive, it’s hypnotic. Those heavenly strings, the fluttering harp, and most of all, that unchanging beat that holds on through the entire track – they distort time all on their own. It’s hard to tell how long you’ve been listening, and all you know is that when it’s over, you want it to start again. Time makes no sense; it’s inconsequential. So why not play it again? Let yourself be pulled into this intense gravity… and let time turn inside out.
(Oh, and it’s Spoon frontman Britt Daniel’s favourite song on the new album, so, there’s also that.)