Ings - Love You
It's easy to forget the Bombadilian joy of walking through the woods & humming. Love You offers a sensory transport to that ephemeral experience &, like walking in the woods, it is all about textures. While the guitar consistently picks out an immersion of arpeggios in mimic of the fractal structure of a forest, the understated bass establishes a walking pace that pauses at will to appreciate details as it goes from thing to thing. This is how we find Ings, meandering among the earth & her musings with a string section playing elegant counterpoints to her emotions as varied & sporadic as the forest features which inspire them. At its apex, pizzicato plucks surround her like kodama in Mononoke.
We often think of traveling of the horizontal, geographic variety. This song doesn’t cover much distance, & that’s fine - a warm cast wood is a wonderful environment to leave oneself in for awhile. However, globetrotting author William Least Heat Moon explains there is another type of travel in inward intellectual exploration - vertical traveling. Love You offers a glimpse at Ings’ own vertical journey - there’s deep & honest introspection taking place here. When the coda announces the new & final direction for the song, it’s as though she is collecting her visit to nature in a diary back home, the changing pitch & minor chords reflecting the tendency for even great moments to blur darker in imperfect memory. It reminds us there are greater complexities in life than a humming among the trees, but when we need some forest shade it’s nice to know Ings’ has it bottled for us in this song.