Originally appeared on the Music Court.
“Here in Iowa” is an objectively great song. The samples are all over the place, but it’s the story behind the song that makes it so special. This is a farewell song, and every part of it contributes to the legacy of Korallreven.
Perhaps I’m being too dramatic. Korallreven are a Swedish duo, comprised of Marcus Joons and Daniel Tjader, the latter of which is also known for his involvement with The Radio Dept. They put “Here in Iowa” out in August, and released a statement along with it, explaining that they would be ceasing to release material as Korallreven. This track gave their goodbye weight, carrying the emotion that a written note could not; it is, for all intents and purposes, an act of closure.
But “Iowa” is not a sad song- on the contrary, it was also one of the happiest songs I heard all year. It reminds me of one of my favorite television farewells, the final scene of Flight of the Conchords. Bret and Jemaine were deported back to New Zealand and had to revert back to their old professions as shepherds, but they still found ways to do what they love- make music. I presume Joons and Tjader are going to work on other projects now, but of what nature I am unsure. I’m certainly looking forward to it, but I won’t forget Korallreven anytime soon.