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Heroes and Villains - "Gene Clark"

What have Heroes and Villains done?! Something, befitting their name, as heroic as it is villainous. They have released a song into the late Montreal fall that captures the greyness of that time and place. In their Montreal, as in mine, the curtains are always drawn since the sun is always set. The planes overhead are there to remind us of Gene Clark, who was afraid of flying and worried himself to a premature death; the bicycles are for Nico, who crashed hers, the cars for Camus, James Dean, Jackson Pollock, the ships sail for Hart Crane. Everything in the dark, a sad, pretty symbol.



Kaki King - "Second Brain"

When a solo guitar virtuoso decides to sing, one should generally decide not to listen. John Fahey and Leo Kottke have both used their vocal chords to garrote perfectly good guitar compositions. Kaki King's double-tracked voice is like how Joel Taylor and I recently described Dabney Coleman's hands: "Two plumes of indescribably rarefied gossamer mist." Which is to say, thin. But unlike Fahey and Kottke, King doesn't allow her guitar to become mere accompaniment to her vocals. Quite the opposite - her voice acts as just another texture, another sound that she can weave into the few empty spaces within her intricate guitar patterns. King knows to barely use what she doesn't have and use in abundance what she has in spades.


Posted by Jordan at November 15, 2006 4:53 PM

Kaki King is great.

Posted by redruin at November 15, 2006 7:25 PM

Wow, Never thought you'd use Gene Clark! ah!

This one is all done by Pierre, the guitar player and songwriter of H&V.

It is quite a Montreal in the fall type of track.

Thanks for putting it up Jordan.

loving it.

ps. The rest of the album is generally more upbeat/aggressive. I guess. Or Jangly. Yes Aggressive and/or Jangly. We're playing tomorrow(November 17th) night at Divan Orange.

Posted by Raph at November 16, 2006 6:05 PM

Up KK, seconded. I don't mind the thin, breathy vocals one bit. She makes them work, full stop.

John Fahey put on the single worst live show I have ever seen. By then he had the diabetes pretty bad, so his singing was hardly the only problem. RIP. His best work crushes all comers, though to call him a virtuoso is a misnomer.

Posted by wcw at November 16, 2006 6:18 PM

The Kaki King song is quite possibly my favorite on that album. The doubling of the guitar with xylophone is unique and beautiful, and the song as a whole sounds like an early morning rainstorm in the best of ways.

Glad to see it getting some love.

Posted by Grace at November 18, 2006 9:45 PM

Aren't the Kaki King lyrics a bit trite?

Posted by Michael at December 4, 2006 4:19 PM

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