Monday, July 12, 2010

Lightning Bolt

Among noise rockers Lightning Bolt distinguish themselves through their excellent ability to use contrast throughout the characteristic drone. In some ways this song shares qualities with classical tradition, in that establishes a specific theme and subsequently presents repetitive and contrasting variations of that theme. In other ways, it toys with us like an elementary school bully, letting us think we can climb out of the ditch that they see we are clearly too muddy to get out of. Dull bass tones hit us whenever we try to get a hand hold and just at the climbing release the song moves quickly again out of reach.

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