Day: July 21, 2014

Look Back In

Rarely do I post instrumental tracks, but always there are exceptions. Basically, it’s hard for an instrumental to distinguish itself. If it’s on an album with vocal tracks, it’ll tend to serve as a palate cleanser, easily overlooked between more attention grabbing numbers. On an all-instrumental records, as with jazz (which I do appreciate and enjoy, ¬†btw) the tracks kind of flow together and I perceive them as one, so it feels weird to take anything out of the context of the whole. There are, of course, albums where the ¬†instrumental tracks have as much personality as the vocals; Low comes to mind. On 18, Moby did a great job interspersing vocals and instrumentals. In fact that album is outstanding in the way it balances a wide range of moods and styles. The songs are wildly different, ranging from moody and atmospheric chillwave to uptempo hip-hop to gospel and rock, but they all hang together cohesively. It’s a great example of well-deployed musical diversity. The amazing thing is, as well as working well as a whole, it breaks down too; each song is memorable outside its album context and stands alone happily. Even the instrumentals.