Songs From the Lineup is a series that unpacks the musical lineup of the Life Is Beautiful Music & Art Festival through individual songs by the featured artists. Look for weekly installments at dtlv.com/songsfromthelineup, right up through the festival in September.
It’s hard to forget your first Life Is Beautiful. For three days, the festival’s footprint becomes a confetti-bombed island, on which festival goers are happily marooned. There’s something in the air, something that enhances the camaraderie and turns three-minute friendships into three-year relationships. It’s an in-the-moment feeling, an out-of-Vegas vibe. And if I could bottle it into a single song, I’d use Broods’ “Couldn’t Believe” to do it.
The New Zealand electro-pop duo’s career gained traction after its 2014 hit “Bridges” stormed the airwaves. Since then, Broods, comprised of brother and sister Caleb and Georgia Nott, has scooped up 10 accolades from the New Zealand Music Awards, toured with the likes of Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding and Life Is Beautiful alum Haim, and dropped a second LP called Conscious.
While the whole album’s a dance-y work of pop art, “Couldn’t Believe” stands out as four minutes and four seconds of pure joy. The track holds a special place in Georgia’s heart, as it reflects the night she got engaged. “It just needed to be a pure, happy song, uninterrupted by negativity. Most of our music has undertones of doubt or sadness, but this is full-on happy,” she told Rolling Stone Australia in 2016.
The song is deceptively mellow at first, a warm-up to a chorus that explodes on impact. “And I couldn’t believe my eyes. I couldn’t believe my ears,” Georgia sings, “But I’m looking at you now, and I can’t believe we’re here.” This is the track you blast on a long road trip, the one you dance to at your buddy’s wedding. It’s what a night at Life Is Beautiful, under the stars and up against the stage, feels like.
You’ll likely hear “Couldn’t Believe” when Broods takes the festival stage September 23. And as with most things, the performance is best enjoyed with friends. You’re going to want a dance partner for this one.