Listening to this, one of Think Tank highlights, always transports me right back to the boiling summer of 2003; I’d take the tram to work and had “Caravan” on high rotation on my discman. It made every mix CD I made at the time. Even surrounded by many of my favourite songs at the time its unreal beauty just stood out.

The music is pretty minimal. There’s some percussion, some guitar and a little bass lying as a not so firm fundament over which Damon sings a distorted vocal and weaves beautiful melodic parts. There’s a return of the la-la-la’s as well, although this time they sound more melancholy than hopeful (“For Tomorrow”) or a bit fucking arrogant (“Magic America”).

The titular caravan is, I think, a metaphor for love, or positive vibes (well, Damon’s a bit of a hippy, isn’t he?). During the first verse the feeling’s lost, and the narrator feels alone, but he knows that positive spirits will come back and when they do, he’ll know it immediately.

PS. Is that a deliberate homage to Sinatra’s “That’s Life” (to put it politely)?

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