It's hard not to relate to some of the characters in the new music video for Smith & Thell
's "Toast." We see one guy sadly checking his inactive facebook feed, an old man visiting the grave of a lost loved one, and a lonely woman sitting at her kitchen table with an unnecessarily large glass of wine. We've all been there, in one way or another, which is why it's so great to hear a song that celebrates all of life's complicated, or even unwanted, emotions. "Let's toast for all the bad times/toast for all the hard nights/toast for all the douchebags that's been breaking our hearts," Maria Jane Smith sings in the song's infectious chorus. "Let's toast for too much feeling/toast for all our demons/'Cause honey bunny, one day we'll be gone/so we'd better toast!"
"Toast" is a gift, and one that applies to us all. When you listen to it, you'll feel like you're listening to the sound advice of a friend reminding you about the importance of forgiveness and moving on. That, as it turns out, is exactly what the Swedish pop duo wants you to take away from the video. They explained the song's message to us, saying, "life is short, and at some point we need to realize that in order to move on we have to forgive ourselves, others around us and destiny itself. Forgiveness is life's greatest medicine and the best gift you can give yourself."
The song is also deeply personal for Smith & Thell, and they apply this optimistic philosophy to examples from their own lives. For example, as Maria Jane Smith also told us, "In the verses we sing to our pasts. The first verse I sing to my mother. I'm telling her that it's time for me to move on and live for once in my life. I had been sad and miserable for such a long time, almost so long that it's hard for me to understand that people can live without an underlying anxiety. The second verse Victor sings to his dad. Both our childhoods involved parents leaving us, both intentionally and unintentionally. In the chorus we toast to all the emotions in life."
"Toast" is a blast to listen to. You'll be tapping your foot from the second it starts, and it'll be stuck in your head all day long. And, of course, you can listen to their equally unforgettable new album, Soulprints
, in its entirety below.