(This is our 3rd annual “Favorite Songs” series. It’s a forum for Range Life friends and family to share and celebrate the songs that moved us and meant something to us in 2010. Songs are presented in no particular order. We’re posting weekdays until we’re spent, so keep checking back. Submissions are welcome! Send a song link and whatever you want to write to firstname.lastname@example.org)
You know how on the Soundcloud player you can insert time-specific comments? I meant to write in “HOLY SHIT” at the 0:37 mark, cause I couldn’t believe Seams was actually keeping that digital pulse going in the mix, much less building on it. But, yeah, the whole song is kind of a “HOLY SHIT” – a total flip of the Gold Panda original, which isn’t even recognizable until 3:20. The sleight of hand he does with the weaving rhythms between 2:40 and 3:20 is the freshest and most fun electronic music got in 2010, and it got plenty fresh and fun. The problem is that we don’t really have a vocabulary for articulating the dynamics, connections and moving parts of a song like this – it’s visually calculated (thanks to ProTools et al) but aurally ultra-abstract. I’ve been searching through music-terminology books for reference and thinking about fugues, overtures, ternary form and still – crescendo! – all I’ve got’s “HOLY SHIT”.