Spain’s frontman Josh Haden tells BlastEcho his favorite song you’ve never heard:
“Over Medicine” by Sebastian K
More than 10 years ago I got a MySpace friend request from someone named “Sebastian K.” After clicking on his profile, I listened to his songs and became obsessed with one called “Over Medicine.” I wrote to him asking if it was available on CD and he responded “yes” but then I freaked out and didn’t write back to him. He never posted the song to YouTube or anywhere else, and it never showed up in searches on eBay or iTunes. Whenever I wanted to listen to the song I’d go back to his MySpace page, but after a couple of years the song disappeared. A few years later I wrote a message asking to post the song again, and in about one hour the song reappeared. Then after a few more years the song disappeared again and I haven’t been able to listen to it until now. This BlastEcho piece reminded me of the song so I did a search on YouTube and there it was.
I’m not sure what the song means to Sebastian K or what his intentions were. To me it’s a very poignant, tragic, sad, hopeful and melodic song about drug addiction. Love, war and addiction come together mysteriously and eternally from the big bang and that is very sophisticated songwriting. Thinking back on it now it had a big influence on me; for example, the songs “Battle of Saratoga” and “Lorelei” from the new Spain album Carolina are doing similar things and I can trace it back to this song. The producer is Robin Guthrie from the Cocteau Twins. There’s not much more I can say other than I’m not even sure this link is from Sebastian K’s YouTube channel. The song is still shrouded in mystery.
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