Wednesday, August 3, 2011

For Spare Instrumentation

The studio version of Leonard Cohen's "Avalanche" gives a good idea of the power of spare instrumentation -- as with most of the songs on Songs of Love and Hate, we have voice, strings in the background, and a guitar, and the way you can hear him pluck at the strings of the guitar increases the intimacy of an already soul-baring work. Have your spine checked if the ending of this song doesn't send a few chills up it:

More recently, this is Thurston Moore's "January," which might as well be classified as a sonata for guitar and violin:

Apropos none of the above, if all the members hadn't died so long, long ago, and if they were still reunited and making music, Fleetwood Mac would sound just like this duet by Fran Healy and Neko Case, "Sing Me to Sleep":

It sounds like Fleetwood Mac all the way down to the awkward little detail that the song has no end, but just fades out. I wish all the members of Fleetwood Mac hadn't died.

1 comment:

Shane said...

Spine checked