Dum Dum Girls - Coming Down (Single) (2011)

Write about what you know. That’s what they say. But that’s a lot easier said than done when what you know is very, very difficult to bear. That was the challenge Dum Dum Girls’ leader Dee Dee faced when writing the songs for the band’s moving second album Only in Dreams. Listen to the slowdive ballad “Coming Down,” which Dee Dee wrote not long after her mom passed away. “That song came out of being in and out of awareness of the depth of the situation,” she says. “Sometimes when I write, I don’t really analyze what I’m saying but the more I hear that song, the deeper it feels. I don’t know if I’m addressing life or God or what, but it’s our big, epic song on every scale.”

pitchfork.com wrote:

Dum Dum Girls know how to deliver a ballad. Look at I Will Be's "Rest of Our Lives": It's a powerful three-minute love song backed by huge percussion. Compare that to the first single off the upcoming LP Only in Dreams-- "Coming Down" is twice the length and strips away most of the fuzz. More importantly here, there's a resolve and confidence in Dee Dee's voice when she sings, "by tomorrow, I'll be gone," which gives the song a sense of not-kidding urgency. But the urgency is aimed at the unspoken person on the other end of the song-- "If you want to tell me something/ You had better make it strong," she says with one foot out the door. Meanwhile, the optimistic, jangling major chords give the chorus a sense of cathartic elation to be leaving this person, only to be beaten by Dee Dee's belted "there I go" at the end of the bridge. This may not have the fuzz of their old ballads, but it packs more energy and intensity than some of the best songs on I Will Be.

While the chord progression for "Coming Down" holds a not-so-subtle resemblance to Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You", the tones and messages of the two songs couldn't be further apart-- "I want to be closer to you" versus "I'm leaving." And producers Richard Gottehrer and Sune Rose Wagner do some beautiful work bringing that message out. The final verse lets Dee Dee hit the point home with just a drumbeat behind her: "You abuse the ones who love you,/ You abuse the ones who won't." It's a powerful line that shouldn't be covered in sonic distractions, and it's delivered with gentle, assertive conviction.

Dum Dum Girls
Coming Down (Single)
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Sub Pop
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