Saturday, September 12, 2009

watch me fall first listen

so i'm writing as i listen to jay reatards "watch me fall " lp. i had hear ain't gonna save me a few times before so i skipped it. so far the record sounds pretty disjointed, not typical of what i've heard from jay before, i can't really compare it to any of his other stuff, tho, i'm not sure if that's an appropriate response for not understanding where the writing is coming from on this record, and i've heard from a few folks that it's quite a departure from what we're used to from him. i will agree. it seems like he's kept writing things in the same vein as the matador singles, which weren't my favorite, but there were a few good tracks from those 45's. while in some respects it seems he's trying to make the songs a bit more complex, it also seems he's stripped some things down, for instance, you don't hear much by way of basslines (which IMO were stand out on blood visions). i'm really not picking anyhting out on this record so far that says, wow. i hate saying it's mediocre, because there are glimpses of what could possibly be really cool, but arent quite developed like they were in previous endeavors (which are always in the back of my head when i think about jay's music). i think what i'm missing most from this record, a thing i've grown accustomed to on tard records, are killer choruses. maybe they're overthought? ok, rotten mind just came on, and i'm really liking it more than most of the other tracks. watching you is pretty good too, kind of a new song for jay (new in that i haven't heard him write one like that). maybe thats what this is. other ways of writing for him. i really hate hearing people go off on the new stuff like it has no value. most things have some sort of value. if he kept writing the same way since he started we'd have no lost sounds or nervous patterns or angry angles or blood visions. with respect to that idea i'm curious to see where he's going with this. i'm patient enough because of the things he's written in the past to see where this new phase takes him. i'm liking the end of the record more than the beginning, and though the first few songs sound disjointed and out of place i think the latter tracks are jay getting his legs. it's a calmer less seething more grown up jay on the b-side. as i'm thiniing about this transitional pahse i wonder if we'll ever get a combination of the old and new, which for me would be exciting. i'm kinda fascinated by this record only because it seems like jay can't sit still on an idea. i wouldn't call this a concept record if he's only messing around, but i would say the record is a re-orientation of his ideas, influences and methods. he's definitely looking back to a less angry or violent, but no less artistically potent, era of punk, non-american/british punk (maybe aussie /NZ stuff?). i think i hear a lot of the clean, adverts, tall dwarfs, veralines etc but with a more absurdist take on structures and stuff, or rather less of a dependence on typical american rocknroll/punk rock ways of writing that we're all used to. finishing up is "a whisper (there is no sun)". i had a tough time at the beginning getting behind this album, but i think as i think about it a little more the record will make sense. i hope this doesn't come off as apologetic, because i wasn't ready to like this, and i still don't know if i "like" it, but i do think its worth understanding. this record seems to require a bit more thinking through, and i'm fine with that.
here's jays website:
scroll down a bit to listen to the tracks.

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