Saturday, June 5, 2010


My Bloody Valentine - To Here Knows When

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If you asked me right now what my favorite song of all time was I'd probably say this one. Why? Because it barely is a song. You've got drums. You've got repetitive, up and down tweets. You've got whispery vocals. And then you have that thing(s) in the back. Whether its singular or plural is not clear. What is clear is that it makes this track coverproof: without it the song would cease to exist. At the beginning its out of place, a grinding whine that hides the song's potential sweetness. By the end, it has become the whole, even though you have no idea whether the song has developed at all. It floats on a spectrum between a piercing wail and the sound of God screaming through a wind tunnel (3:43), continually building a wall between itself and rest of the song, while simultaneously following its rhythm and chord progression. It teeters on the edge of pure noise, while never quite falling in. This song could so easily be unbearable or uninteresting, yet its neither and it will always bring me back.

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