Young the Giant is set to release their new album, “Home of the Strange” on August 12, but several songs have already been released including “Amerika”.
According to the band, this track is inspired by Franz Kafka’s novel of the same name, published posthumously. In a press release, they had this to say about it:
“Our perspective is irreversibly tinged with this rhetoric of the immigrant conscience and guilt. ‘Amerika’ explores the contradictions of our psyche and America at large. Searching for the American Dream is to lust for excess, power, sex. There is wonderment. There is disappointment. On this rollercoaster ride, we realize that when we achieve our goals, they often leave us more hollow than before. Behind it all, we just want to feel at home, to belong, and to be loved.” Read the rest here.
This is definitely a tune that carries some weight.
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