Domenico Gnoli – Unbottoned Button (1969)
Apologies for the big gaps once again, I’ve been busy and not really felt like writing too much. I’ve been keeping notes on tracks I do want to talk about though, so let’s get stuck in. I’ve been revisiting HEALTH’s Death Magic once again, it’s a record I love a whole lot. There are a couple of tracks on it that break with how I remember the full thing though – when I think HEALTH, I picture their noise-infused sound with lyrics streaked with nihilism. LIFE however, feels much more lighter in execution.
The noise element is still there with that deliciously distorted opening hook, but the delivery and lyrical content here feels much more… indie, for want of a better term, The kind of track that would break onto the radio every now and then – the chorus of “I don’t know what I want, but I know that I don’t know what I want” being that kind of clever rhythmical wordplay that is catchy as all get out. It’s a feel it shares with LA LOOKS, a track that actually did appear on some indie compilations of the time.
Next is a track I’ve talked at length about in the past, the closing track for The Chemical Brothers’ Push The Button: Surface To Air. Coming back to this album has been a bit of a mixed bag, I loved it way back when a friend loaned the CD to me way back when but some of the tracks have fallen prey to overplaying. Tracks like The Big Jump and Galvanize for example. Now that isn’t a knock on the album, hell, it’s not even the Chem. Bros’ fault – those tracks have just been licensed and soundtracked a million times since release.
But that’s maybe why I’ve fallen in with tracks like Surface To Air. It’s a masterclass in the way the Bros build up tracks – perfectly placed as the final track of the album, it really feels like a complete journey over the 7 minute runtime. It takes a little while to get going, but I can’t help falling in love all over again come around the 1 minute mark. It doesn’t leave you hanging for the entire runtime, it only takes until roundabout the halfway mark for the full effect to come into play. signposted with a lovely almost post-rock-esque crescendo. And even then it’s not done, adding a lovely bass line not long after and continuing to evolve over the rest of the runtime! It’s a fantastic piece, frustratingly only available on the premium Soundcloud legitimately so I’m including a YT player as well for the full thing.
And that’ll be all for today, I am going to try and be a little more active soon as things are winding down, I have plenty to write about but it is finding time that is the issue! I may change tack and do some more of these smaller posts in future to mitigate that a bit, but it shouldn’t be long before I can return to my usual ones. At any rate – as always, stay safe and enjoy the music.