31 August 2006

8+

“Memorial" by Explosions In The Sky which clocks in at 8:50

One note. Two notes. Dissonance and then guitar. Small ripples. A proper instrumental 8+ should have movements. The song should ebb and flow while it evolves, slowly drawing you in one measure at a time and teasing you with a taste of goodness about halfway through. The second half of the song should open up and give you everything the first half promised and more. By the end of a proper instrumental 8+ you should feel rather musically (and/or emotionally) satisfied, or dissatisfied...depending on the song. All in all, a good proper instrumental should fit perfectly within the album it is from. Should, perhaps, even be a microcosm of the album that has movements and sentiments mirroring those that exist within the album as a whole. I know this because "Memorial" taught me so. This song moves likes a wave, slowly building momentum and strength before finally cresting at 8+ feet high and then crashing down upon the shore.

Shit, can I rewrite that? No, I don't have time. Look, since I'm in San Antonio for the week, I wanted to feature a song by a band from Texas. Explosions in the Sky is from Texas. I love to listen to "Memorial" with headphones on. The guitar work climbs inside of your mind offering multiple build-ups and payoffs within a single song. Wait, what am I talking about? The nuances and complexities of the song are best left to the ears, not the eyes. It's that simple.

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**pictured is a sketch of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. groundbreaking is set for November 13, 2006. no, this song doesn't have anything to do with this particular memorial, I just wanted to take this chance to link to it**

EAR FARM's 8+ is a weekly feature that showcases songs longer than 8 minutes. In the recent past these songs were featured on EF's 8+:
British Sea Power - "Lately"
Islands - "Swans"
Isolée - "Pillowtalk"
Animal Collective - "Banshee Beat"
Wilderness - "Post Plethoric Rhetoric"
The Wedding Present - "Interstate 5"
Sleater-Kinney - "Let's Call It Love"
My Morning Jacket - "Dondante"
Wilco - "Spiders (Kidsmoke)"
Isis - "From Sinking"
Lemon Jelly - "A Tune For Jack"
Herbie Hancock - "Sly"
New Order - "Temptation"
Polvo - "El Rocio"
Pulp - "Countdown"
Morrissey - "The Teachers Are Afraid of the Pupils"
Dungen - "Du är för fin för mig"
Loose Fur - "Wreckroom"
The Who - "A Quick One, While He's Away"
Destroyer - "Rubies"
Neu! - "Fuer Immer (forever)"
Iggy Pop - "Mass Production"
The Cure - "Fascination Street" (Extended Mix)
Yo La Tengo - "Let's Be Still"
George Michael - "I Want Your Sex, Pts. 1 &2"
Digital Underground - "Doowutchyalike"
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks - "1% Of One"
Big Brother & the Holding Company - "Ball And Chain"
The Stone Roses - "I Am The Resurrection"
DJ Shadow - "Napalm Brain/Scatter Brain"
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - “Cowgirl in the Sand”
Red Hot Chili Peppers - “Sir Psycho Sexy”
Newcleus - “Jam On It”
Aarktica - “Song For A Free Williamsburg”
Bob Marley & The Wailers - “Exodus” (1984 12" Mix)
Charalambides - “Two Birds"

7 comments:

Eric said...

i love that record... good song, too...

how about Mogwai's "Ratts of the Capital" from Happy Songs...?

enjoy texas!

krossfader said...

amen bros. One of my most memorable listening experiences involves that album, a bus, and the midwest...

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