Tuesday, September 29, 2009

"Rebellion (Lies)" in a Clarifying Fog

I have to admit that lolling around in a flu-hazed delirium is not without its advantages, one of those being the enjoyment of familiar music at odd mental angles. Hearing Arcade Fire's "Rebellion (Lies)" in this state has brought me around to the richness of its orchestration -- if you close your eyes and listen to the song emerge, develop, and build, it's easy to picture an old-fashioned conductor waving his hands at the front of the stage -- here the voices rise, there the strings come in, here the keyboard sequence comes to the fore, there the percussion draws back. Every player has a distinct part that feeds to a greater whole, and how often can you say that of "Rock Music"?

I say it's an exquisite piece of music whether it produces that mental image or not.

Arcade Fire, "Rebellion (Lies)":

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