Recommended by Andrew Hamlin
Alice Merton’s breakout hit, “No Roots,” rides a funky bass groove and a drum pound on every down beat, while she—who has an Irish father and a German mother—sings about having no roots, indeed, and her home “was never on the ground.” This appeals to young people, naturally, who often don’t wish to belong to where and who they came from, an expression of spreading and measuring one’s wings. Some people set out on the road away from home, and some never go back. And not all who are lost wander. I wonder how Merton herself shall live this out.