Sometimes music is like sex. It can be awkward and clumsy. Messy. Repetitive. But most times, it is an ecstatic pleasure without comparison. It can heighten the senses and take us to a world between reality and fantasy.
Not everyone will react to certain music in the same way. What is ineffably certain, however, is how our subjective interaction with music can move us in ways that are impossible to describe. And that is why it’s OK that so many different genres of music exist. Even if chart-topping pop songs have little effect on me, I’m sure there’s others out there enjoying their own soundgasms.
Well, for me, there is an impending release that has me feeling all giddy inside. It’s kind of like that feeling you get when you whisper to yourself, “I’m gonna get some tonight!”
All that prelude is just to describe my excitement and anticipation toward Pinback’s new album, Information Retrieved, which is slated for release on October 16th. (Thanks to their label, Temporary Residence Limited, home to many awesome bands.)
Ah yes, how I remember the first time I listened to “Loro” (and the thousands of times thereafter). How I love hearing “Fortress” sometimes while waiting in a packed club for a band to start their set. I love how my heart jumps at the intro of “Blue Screen Life,” skipping with every off-beat crunch. And the moodiness of “Boo,” which is like being trapped in a dream, with water closing in… I also can’t leave out 2007’s “Good to Sea You,” which keeps my red blood cells dancing.
There is no question in my mind that their new release will add to their seminal catalogue, and perhaps when I’m done listening to it, I’ll light up a cigarette… (and I don’t even smoke!)
In case you’re in the mood for a little foreplay, Rolling Stone has one of the tracks (“Proceed to Memory”) available for streaming.