SOTD – Cucurucu by Nick Mulvey

Connecting with one’s childhood can be as sentimentally freeing as it is dangerously addicting. No matter what’s going on in the present, the human mind cannot help but think about the euphoria of the past. In fact, many psychologists believe that the mind spends about 70% of its time replaying memories and creating scenarios of perfect moments. Some would say that “living in the past” isn’t healthy, but is that really the case if subconscious recollection is such an innate human trait? Nick Mulvey finds the process to be perfectly natural, as “Cucurucu” reminisces about the purity of childhood from the imperfect adult perspective.

“Cucurucu” molds an adolescent dreamworld from an undeniably foreign outlook, but the overlying concept is still quite easy to relate to no matter what your country of origin. The song tells a story of a hopeful adult looking back on a blissful childhood and remembering the soothing comfort of a motherly figure. The mother continuously sings the words “Cucurucu” to the child as a sort of natal lullaby, although Mulvey admitted in an interview with England’s Cambridge News that the word is meaningless and he made it up. “It’s meant to be a noise a child would make” Mulvey explained, “It might relate to a bird sound too.” Despite that the song title is a hoax, there is a still sense of console to be felt my Nick Mulvey’s soft and inviting voice. That being said, Mulvey also admits in the songs bridge that he struggles to disband from his adolescent joy, as he explains “I weep like a child for the past.” The slightest of depressing undertones sneak into the second half of the song as a result, giving it a more realistic feel rather than asserting the Utopian perspective of the child alone.

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