Maybe it’s because this song is intimately connected to Lost In Translation, a film I associate with unbearable sadness and purposelessness (in a good way), but I feel myself welling up every time I hear it. Those elegantly plucked, interweaving notes on an acoustic guitar. The delicate pulses and pings that speak of being at one with the natural world. The subtle colouring provided by the wordless vocal backing, which backs into a piano-driven coda of rich timbre, which itself slowly recedes into the sound of lapping waves.
It tugs at me like the sense of “There should be more to life than this” which tugs at Scarlett Johansson’s character in the film.