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“Potholes” is the latest single from Baggage’s upcoming album Life in Misophonia. It's a love story constructed from anecdotes of late nights and car rides with someone you might be meant to be with… but maybe not right now.
Midwest weather is notorious for its winters, Michigan is notorious for its terrible roads, and Baggage is notorious for well-crafted metaphors. While comparing a fictional “what-if” relationship to the unpredictability of his environment, vocalist Jonathan Diener constructs a story about the obstacles you face in the formation of a new relationship. Paired with a black and white, POV-style lyric video by Bryce Mata, Diener creates an atmosphere around the song that feels like a cool winter breeze in the middle of summer.
“I’m the one who freezes roads /
I'm the one who melts the snow /
You’re the one who hit potholes /
I hate to see you go”
Life in Misophonia as an album is Diener's life story—one with sleepless nights, broken-down vehicles, poorly-attended shows, missed opportunities, and faltering optimism. It took almost a decade for the vocalist to be diagnosed with misophonia, which is a condition characterized by the literal hatred of sound. When you make sound for a living, the disruption it causes in your daily life is life-altering, but this album ends with hope, like a big “to-be-continued” sign.
It’s like Jonathan himself said, “I don’t know what’s going to happen next, but thank god something can happen next.”
written by Olivia Keasling
edited by Jamie Coletta