Living in a new town (so no friends to speak of yet), with MP3 player in hand, (and a nice glass of cheap wine, of course), I’ve decided to re-dedicate myself to this thread. Starting with Ineffable Mysteries, here we go….
Who doesn’t like what happens at 4:34 til approx 5:15.. I like how Shpongle takes what might well be nonsense vocalization and throws it in a popcorn chamber with direction, followed with that stutter music from 5:26 thru like 5:37. And then this beat drops in for us all, circa 5:52, to grab the beat of your heart and take you into the rest of the track I suppose.. THEN, 7:53, I like that quick upbringing into some more nebulous vocals. But of course, 8:35 is where we all grab that beat. Very nice, Shpongle. “I feel so happy right now.. ..I feel DRUNK!!” Whoof, indeed.
Shpongolese Spoken Here:
I must say, I missed the beauty of this intro for probably the first double dozen listens. But that’s freakin’ CANDY. There is so much to be learned there, if you’re trying to learn something (and wish I had a foundation to learn more from). Gimme that slowdown 00:28 to 00:31 anytime, that’s perfect. And again 1:10 to 1:12. LOVE IT. Perfectly placed. The “bring it up” beat starting 1:57, you nailed it, Shpongle. I’ve been brought into the room. OK, obviously would love to know the actual lyrics 2:56 thru 3:25 ..yes, “the people,” indeed 4:03, thank you for that quick little stick trick. And all repeated versions of it. <<Gah, I gotta stop commenting on EVERYTHING, or this post won’t end..>> 4:32 I like that sound as well, tho, something nice and swanky about it.
Nothing is Something Worth Doing (just gotta say, nice title):
Should I feel bad that all I can say about this one is Hey, this is so nice and chill.. ? I do like whatever you call that sound tho, is that kettle drums?
Ineffable Mysteries: (this is gonna hurt you and me both, lol)
“Morning, Darling.” I LOVE this track. Start to end. Eventually I see myself on a mountaintop village, real or metaphorical, and I’m actually on my way to either (thanks, bow bow, thanks…) 1:33. Let’s go. Crap, it feels silly to mention anything in this track, just because (let me be clear) I don’t see how anyone could be immune to its magic, most importantly starting 00:59 (but before, yes, include that cymbal track, if that’s what it is) == the galloping first in a beatbeatbeatbeatbeat led to (breath) beat at 1:03, slow your breath, and GO.. (hello, horizon..) LOVE THESE VOCALS. SHPONGLE, WELL DONE FRIENDS, THIS IS MAGIC. And now the twist comes in OH, right, this is the track I LOVE the saxophone sounds. Very partial to that This whole track makes me think very much like Kathmandu market, tho I’ve never been close so it could be my hollywood version of it. (p.s. thank you Raj for the flute, but please take a thank u on all tracks lol) 4:24 beat sounds spidery-climbey-all to me, I like that. Then we get to the true genius, I bet I can only credit Simon for this, 4:51 thru 5:01, again 5:05 thru 5:12. FUCK. I could write a whole section on just that span. I’m sorry, that’s genius. You gotta understand life for that. More nuanced than I could possibly give accolades for. I better call it quits on this one for now, or no one will keep reading..
(p.s. I love how Ineffable leads into I Am You, wow, those hill bells, that’s good stuff)
I Am You
Wow, I should have stopped trackses ago, this is getting into truly ineffable territory just for me..
Can I just say, this whole album rocks the town up and down and sideways to boot, but damn if I wouldnt’ say the same about the others
“Yes, Yes, Yes..” “I’d like to teach you about ..” SOMETHING :D
OK, I gotta try to concentrate, because there is MUCH to say about this track.
Let’s skip the intro, everyone knows that rocks…
I must mention 1:30, tho it starts earlier, but here’s where you feel it most, ok what does this make me think… carrot deep, baby. With fronds that reach up up up. Let me try to make myself sound less crazy, hehe… So if you are the world, oh crap fudge it all I can’t do it right now Blame my cheap wine… Nevermind it tho, because he’ll bring you in sneaky at 1:54 and then 2:24 if it took you that long And by now, we’re ALL in here.. (thank you just prior Raj) Hello 2:55 3:10 to holy frack I’m lost I dont’ even know if I can do this justice, 3:26 this becomes unmentionable, ok in retrospect I think this is easily the best transition on the whole album, twist that in and out, and then a lower tier, goddamn i wish i was a poetess!!! <<I would like to interject, I’m still too starstruck to properly catalog the really best Shpongle tracks, but let’s let it suffice to say that this is without doubt one of the few top tier, with my promises to try to enunciate my feelings better, if anyone’s even intereseted at this point!!>> You know what, you reader? If you’re here, then you are me, and I am you And THAT is saying something. And thank you Shpongle for that
((Here is where I would most love to enterain ALL yall’s input)
oo, i’ve mentioned this before, but when the track goes up at 8:40..
I end only with I dont’ know if I could ever do justice to this track. PEACE.
Invisible Man In a Fluorescent Suit
This is another one that didn’t hit me at first. But now that it has, I must truthfully say, there is no other song that more says “This Is Shpongle” to me. I’m not sure why. Tho I know it has much to do with the build starting 1:48 all the way thru, especially 3:55 to about 4:00, with all those intricacies and stories that occur in the interim (thank you 2:12, whoops i realize out of place, sorry!!). I have to think Simon felt something here. But the wonderful thing about this track is that after you’ve been inducted you’re fervently welcomed and invited in,. Who can resist that crack rock rush (cont’d)