Friday, August 21, 2009

Resonance: "Swelling Melons"

Another edition of Resonance was brought on today by a complete pancake flip of feelings. Things went from ice cream to shit stream pretty quickly and the songs below really represent that switch quite well for me. Feelings of confusion and walking into immovable barriers come about when referring to the feelings that rushed me, oh so suddenly, tonight. I sincerely hope nobody feels the same way at the moment, but if by chance someone does, maybe these will help.
The first track of this Resonance is a track I would usually just ignore. Upon first listen of MGMT's Oracular Spectacular, I overlooked this track for the simple reason that it wasn't as catchy as any of the other tracks, initially. Now, however, especially after things took a turn for the slightly worse, this song couldn't be more fitting. The popping snare, almost-uniform strumming of the guitar, the flow of the chorus and the pace of the entire track all have a hand in the night. The title of the track is eerily similar to the flow of emotions that took place. Moons are sadness, birds are happiness, monsters are anger/frustration.
MGMT - "Of Moons, Birds & Monsters" (download)

Next comes a track from Johnny West. If you're a regular reader, you'll know I heart his stuff. Nudge You Alive opens with the strings from this track, like something out of a 1950's musical. Then the strings subtly warp and a movement-filled bass line and drum beat come in, to accompany regretful lyrics. Immediately I picture nothing but blurred lights above the skyline of an empty city as I drive down a wet worn-in road.

Four notes on the piano start this ride of a song, which are very soon accompanied by dissonant delay noises and quivering vocals. George Harrison/Elliott Smith-esque vocals with subtle hints of manic depression hidden beneath (especially in the chorus) deliver the lyrics with expert precision. Soon, a lounge/jazz drum pattern holds the song together like glue and by the end of the song, the singer's "disappearance" makes you want to smile (just before the track changes completely, in an effort to change your mind).

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