Daily Doses: Flashing Red Lights “Weekdays” From Faster Horses (2011)
This is the best noise you’ve ever heard.
On Flashing Red Lights’ last E.P., Various Successes I’ve Had (2011) , Mack played hard with programmed beats over stunningly intimate vocals to beautiful effect.
And from the clattering ambient distance in “Conviction 1” to the soaked sadness in “Gold Light”, I have to admit, I kinda thought he had conquered sound about as much as was possible given the restraints of recording every part himself in his bedroom.
Little did I know he was just showing off his control of it.
Here he let’s it run wild.
I’d say Faster Horses sounds like Industrial smashed into Instrumental Hip-Hop, bled over with singer/songwriter before it’s drowned in a pool of Eno’esque (it’s a word) ambient noise.
In other words, it sounds like nothing else I can put my finger on.
Album opener “Weekdays” opens with a guitar that sounds like caged beast, raging against the world in the middle of an iron factory. Meanwhile a mournful vocal waxes and wanes with lines as poetic as:
"I come home from work and you come home from work, and we lie dead as leaves and dull as Winter."
And as bluntly honest as:
"You spent Christmas Day getting drunk alone."
It’s a track that captures the feeling fading connection and increasing emotional distance by counter-pointing the softly sung vocals with all the rage smashing into the background.
And ain’t that just the way it is?
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