(photo credit: Sam Ray)
Standing at the edge of indecision, I couldn’t clearly focus on what the appropriate choice should be. There was heartbreak and freedom on one side and to the other imprisonment and stability. Would I choose to continue living the life I had lead for so long, repeat the same mistakes I had been making for the sake of preservation, or would I lodge myself away from the restraints? Suffocating and shivering, I could feel your hands lovingly clutching my throat. Gasping for air, I could barely envision the path before me - blurred and fading. As I began slipping further and further, enveloped in a fuzzy warmth, I felt euphoric. I shouted - unfretted and nearly choral - as I felt my countenance attenuate. Was this my salvation or was it my demise? Comforted and nuzzled - womb-like cosset - a ghostly vagabond now dwelling in ethereal realms. Released and realized.
Circuit Des Yeux’s “Barrel Down” from Ode To Fidelity is a vexing inspection of reality as sung by a ghostly apparition. Vocals flutter and fade over a melancholic strumming guitar loop. It begins a duet, and near its breaking point, its partner begins to wail and squeal. It’s a solution to a lingering dilemma - an awakening of near satiated sorrow. Like being pulled into tenebrous surroundings by a cloudy, siren-esque guide.
♪ File under: minimal, experimental, ghostsongforghostlypeople