"Things You'll Keep", by The Apartments.
That list of 50 songs I put up a few months ago? It was a fraud. Because it should have included this song but, inexplicably, didn't. I blogged it briefly once before, but that was eight years ago. Nevertheless how it could have been omitted is a mystery. Stay tuned (or not) for the revised list.
"Things You'll Keep" plunges you so deep into the well of melancholy that it makes "Quasimodo's Dream" sound like "Everything Is Awesome".
I imagine the only thing that could beat listening to "Things You'll Keep" would be seeing The Apartments play it live. In Paris. See below for the (grainy) evidence.
Peter Milton Walsh has been playing the longest of long games with The Apartments. Their history stretches from the 1970s to the present day, and yet they only have a handful of albums and singles to show for it. But never mind the width, feel the quality. The good news is that "The Evening Visits" is getting the rerelease treatment, with a few singles and demos tacked on the end. The better news is that there is a new album out, "No Song, No Spell, No Madrigal". The best news is that I will be buying both of them tomorrow. Happy days.