Last week the new Arcade Fire record The Suburbs leaked.
I’ve been steadily listening to it over the last 7 days, and have determined it is a definite multiple listen album. Upon first spin, I only throughly enjoyed about half of the 16 song tracklist; the last half of the record didn’t do much for me.
In part I think this has to do with Régine’s voice – the only song I truly love that she leads is Sprawl II. However, over multiple listens I have decided this record is best equipped for car rides, preferably away from urban centres, which is perfect for me when I drive away from the city and nestle back into my forest-life. Or long walks. This is not too surprising given the title, subject matter and even the artwork for the record.
As I was talking about a few weeks ago, this year really has me digesting music fully. Leaving records in my stereo for weeks, months, having the lyrics percolate and the melody ring in my head even when I’m not listening.
While I was out walking tonight, in between getting eaten by mosquitoes, I was listening to the record on my ipod. I almost wished I had the music on tape and was listening on my old walkman though. There was something about counting the clicks to fast-forward, or rewind that really made you feel like as though you were part of the music, or at least more connected to it. Does that make sense? Maybe it had to do with the waiting, everything wasn’t so immediate.
I really miss my record player too. I was contemplating having it shipped out, but it’s going to cost more than it would be to buy one second-hand. So that’s my new goal for the month; hunt for used record player. I have far too much vinyl collecting dust.
Device from your past that you miss?