I can’t stop listening to ‘Everything Means Something’ from the new Pet Shop Boys album ‘Elysium’.
The song has gone under the radar in reviews and online discussion. For me, it’s Neil and Chris playing some of their strongest cards: sinister, suspicious and opaque.
People know them for their thunderous anthems (‘It’s a Sin’), danceable melancholy (‘Being Boring’), and heart-on-sleeve positivity (‘Heart’). Personally, I find these angry/ambiguous tunes just as rewarding. What you get is a fragment – in this case, of a break-up – and you’re left to guess the rest. It’s like a musical number, ripped from its narrative hinges.
I love the spitting anger of the verses – the music simmering – followed by the retreat into understatement just as the music boils over into the cathartic chorus:
‘Everything means something –
And something has occurred.
Everything means something –
Although the meaning can be blurred.’