FRIDAY NIGHT VIDEOS!
It’s no secret that the unifying elements in many of my favorite rock songs are the contradictory elements of melody and noise. From at least “You Really Got Me” forward, wrapping some distortion – something textured, abrasive, not traditionally pretty or mellifluous – just this (or maybe even that) side of “slightly-painful” around a sweet melodic core can make the song all the more “sticky” and pulse-quickening to me.
Here are a few songs that are the sonic equivalent of sugarcubes coated in Sriracha sauce.
Down below is Atlanta’s Deerhunter with some deliciously bad vibes. Their most recent album, May’s Monomania has gotten a fair amount of play this summer around Casa Glyph. But this is the title track off their 2007 sophomore effort, Cryptograms.
I like the way the signal slowly coalesces out of static; and then that signal goes shooting off to the other side of the cosmos. This song is what The Silver Surfer listens to on his earbuds as he rides the solar winds, careening around the edges of black holes and skipping across cosmic dust clouds and straight on through the heart of the fire nebula:
Deerhunter – Cryptograms
And here’s a song from those young Turks’ Hoboken forefathers in Yo La Tengo, with their own twist on the noise-pop recipe – with surging waves of noise alternating with Ira and Georgia’s dulcet harmonies, the first half of the video makes a joke of setting up all their equipment, just in time for the brief squalling vacuum-cleaner solo at the song’s center; after which they spend the back half of the video breaking down their equipment again:
Yo La Tengo – From A Motel 6