Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wild Beasts

So lately I have really been digging on Smother, the new album by Wild Beasts. I am really excited by the cd. And I'm excited to be excited about the cd. I love when I love music.

And this album is super cool.

The song 'Loop The Loop' might be my favorite so far. It just pops so much. Fascinating vocals. Writing about music is hard. But I love this one part around 2 minutes in where the song hits the beginning of the climax. A cymbal splashes and the song gains a new momentum. You can feel it working towards something stronger than it has shown you yet. Then he busts out an intense vocal performance. Saying:

"Forget now
How many must I
Forget now
How many must I
Forget now
How many must I forget?

Remember
As many as I
Remember
As many as I
Remember
I must forget.

Regret now
How many do I
Regret now
How many do I
Regret now
How many do I
Regret?

Slender
Oh there are some but they're
Slender
Oh there are some but they're
Slender
Oh there are some but they're
Slender sums I regret."

Something about the lyrics, and especially their delivery, really hits me. Really makes me feel good. Makes me feel emotional. And that is what I really like about music. That expressiveness. His voice really does it.

Those lyrics make me think about choice. About living. About loss. Oh well. Just vague issues to deal with.

The song 'Albatross' also sticks out to me a lot. It is so hard to capture the song in words. To explain it. I understand a friend's project a little more trying to write about a cd. Because it is tough. But this song sounds like it is about relationships to me:

"I, I blame you, I blame you
For all of those things I've been through
Don't feel bad, not a pang
It's my neck around which you hang
Like a chain or a tag
I flinch and you fall through the cracks
To the sea and all it bears
The secrets that I should've shared
They drowned then and there
Yeah drowned then and there
Yeah drowned then and there"

Again, his voice is so powerful. It really is inseparable from the lyrics for me.

The last song on the album 'End Come To Soon and Death' is also really interesting. It is longer than the rest (7 minutes), and is very interesting. It makes me think about death.

I would like to try and write about music more regularly. This was an interesting exercise.

But I'm very tired, and didn't even write very substantially on this album.

But I really like it.

1 comment:

  1. Oh man that part in "Loop The Loop" SHREDS. I think currently my favorite lyrics from the album are from "Bed Of Nails", this part:

    Surround me like a warm bath,
    Sum me up like an epitaph,
    Be blatant as a bailiff,
    I want my lips to blister when we kiss

    So awesome. "Smother" is not only the title of the album, but also the theme.

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