This time I have a link! John Vanderslice -- Amitriptyline
If the link doesn't work, or if you are interested in hearing clips from other Vanderslice albums, go here: MP3s
This pick comes from John Vanderslice's Life and Death of an American Fourtracker
. Yes, this is the second pick from Barsuk Records, but I can assure you that it's just a coincidence. I am not receiving any kickbacks for these. (Unless they want to give me some... Barsuk, you out there?) :-Þ
What brought on this pick is John Vanderslice's new album, Pixel Revolt
. It just came out a couple weeks ago, and while it's pretty good, I can't help but feel it is missing something that all previous albums had. Maybe it's because all the other albums were so
good, or maybe it's just that it takes a more mellow approach musically. Or it could be that I just haven't heard it enough, yet. Anyway, I still like it, and I wanted to share Vanderslice's goodness with a more traditional (at least for him) song.
Amitriptyline is all about textures. Yeah, usually I'd say something about being over-produced, but in this case, even if it was, it doesn't sound that way. This comes out of your speakers like a wall of sound, with so much for your ears to focus on that it's near impossible to just isolate one part (a practice I usually partake in -- I like to just listen to the bass, or drums, or something like that each time through to get a whole picture in my head). What keeps it from sounding over-produced is the focus on making this all work together. The extras weren't just thrown in for the sake of filling out the song, each little sound really has a place here."Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture. The air in the performance is sculpted into something."
Even though I don't think he was speaking on these terms, that quote came to my head while listening to this. There is substance here that you usually don't get with music. Almost like you can reach out and touch it as the sounds go past.
Oh, I really like everything about this track, but special mention to the bass chords leading into the chorus during "that's why I'm here." Just a great transition. *chills*