I’ve started listening to my vinyl again after a longish break from it, frankly I don’t know the exact reason why I stopped….maybe because my vinyl player is pretty awful. Anywhom the important thing is i’m hooked on wax again and furthermore listening to albums in their entirety. Indeed after a while I get the feeling i’m cheapening myself and the bands I listen to when I just hop from one song to the next on itunes, with an LP you feel obliged to give the music your whole attention (usually because its also been quite a hefty financial investment). My LP of choice has been the remastered Abbey Road by The Beatles, I might be preaching to the choir here but the second side of that LP is phenomenal, you can hear a band at conflict but also still at the height of their creative abilities. In the latter half of ‘Golden Slumbers’ it explodes loaded with melancholia, it feels like an event, it demands that you listen.
You can say exactly the same thing about Giant Tortoise by Pond, except there’s no gradual build up, it bursts into existence a couple of seconds after you hit the play button. After a little research I discovered this band is 2/5ths Tame Impala, this comes as no surprise with the thudding 70’s guitars and spaced-out vocals. The guitar riff around 1:20 sounds like the really violent but beautiful death of a solar system (this is not a tenuous comparison, listen and you will see). After this I cannot wait to hear the album because this track is a sonic behemoth, if the other tracks cause quite as much of a ruckus then i’m getting a boombox and a significantly better vinyl player. Props to Marcus for putting me onto this one. There is also a free download of the track if you follow this link http://pondband.com/