My Thisbit Spotify Playlist
So what follows is not simply a list of my favourite pieces of music, but of pieces of music with the moments in them that do that thing. People talk about the hairs on the back of the neck. I never got that; but there are a few moments in music that can give me a bit of a tingle in the scalp.
These are they:
1. “Rain Song”, Led Zeppelin. The “Thisbit” is when the quiet guitar gives way to the noisy one, with a bit of plinky plonk piano in there, which makes all the difference. The guitar then goes quiet again and the tempo slows down again before coming to an end rather than a fade. (Houses of the Holy album cover, above, from Classic Record Sleeves.)
2. “Almost Gold”, Jesus and Mary Chain. Two thisbits, or the same thisbit, twice, after each title refrain.
3. “The Hindu Times”, Oasis. There is a key change in there that always takes the pleasure centre by surprise.
4. “Tellin’ Stories”, The Charlatans. The band is a recent discovery of mine (I was doing other things in the ’90s). This track is unusual in that it starts with a thisbit.
5. “Sheep”, Pink Floyd. The thisbit comes after a long and sometimes dull build-up, followed by the delayed gratification of the return to the main guitar theme, which then gives way to a long fade into silly sheep and bird noises.
6. “Comfortably Numb”, Pink Floyd. Yes, the floydsters make a second appearance. (There may be others, but when I listened to Wish You Were Here to remind myself, the sensations remained untingled.) The second guitar cadenza at the end of “Comfortably Numb”. Only thing wrong with it is that it fades out — not again— too early, after a number of steps down the scale when the brain expects a rising note.
7. “The Wanting Comes in Waves”, The Decemberists (from The Hazards of Love, for the recommending of which I am grateful to Simmy Richman, my colleague on The New Review, The Independent on Sunday magazine). An unusual song, alternating with another one called “Repaid”, so there are two thisbits, when the main refrain comes in with the hoo-woo backing voice.
8. “He Did”, Anais Mitchell. Another recommendation of Simmy’s; and another lovely thisbit, when we get into the open-throat yodelling at the end, just after you think it is all over.
Now the only question is how I get the Spotify playlist (exluding Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, who I think are not on Spotify) on here. Let me know if that does not work.Tagged in: music, spotify
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