In his review of the Miles Davis-written score to the 1958 film Elevator to the Gallows, critic Phil Johnson called it “the loneliest trumpet sound you will ever hear, and the model for sad-core music ever since. Hear it and weep.” Replace “trumpet” with “piano,” and the same description could work for LCD Soundsystem’s “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down.” Especially when you remember that it’s the last song the band performed.
Awww. If that memory made you somber, team your depression with Alessandro Grespan‘s brilliant mashup of LCD’s ode to how great, yet also soul-crushingly awful NYC is with one of Miles Davis’s beautiful sad bastard songs from Elevator. Thankfully he chose the “New York” video with Kermit in it, though I’m not sure if that makes it more or less beautifully bleak.