Thursday, February 23, 2017

Beautiful Music: The Plains/Bitter Dancer

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I missed last month's Beautiful Music post, so I'm not gonna miss it again!  

I recently started listening to some of Fleet Foxes' songs, and they're pretty interesting. They've got a really different style, but it's calm and fascinating at the same time.  Their unpolished vocals, though something to get used to, have a haunting and down-to-earth sound that is very distinct.  

This song, The Plains/Bitter Dancer , is a story song told in two acts (as near as I can see anyway). The chords.... oh man, the chords.  I can imagine what it must have been like writing this song, with that kind of strange, complex chord structure rising and falling in the depths of the writer's mind.  This is definitely not a "background" song to put on while you study.  It's an attention grabber.    Listen to the lyrics once they get started- the story they tell has quite the twist.  

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-Emmarayn Redding

(DISCLAIMER:  Song copyright Fleet Foxes.)

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