Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Video :: I Break Horses - 'Hearts'

I Break Horses - Hearts from Bella Union on Vimeo.

Right from the get go, a thumping, muted heartbeat sets the electricity of “Hearts”. An immediate thought that comes to mind is, “Ok, what kind of journey am I going to go on?” The heartbeat is loud and prominent, which makes listeners alert. A profuse guitar is then introduced, along with hushed whispers. And then, a dissonant guitar emerges, reminding me of the same tension I have when I listen to My Bloody Valentine. The occurring theme that is noticed is melody vs. noise. Maria Linden’s voice is soft, delicate, and ethereal. At the same time, a glass-shattering buzz is rooted deep in this song. All this increases throughout the song, only making it create more tension. Right when you think “Hearts” is going break through and explode with an ear-bursting bang, the song quickly evaporates and leaves you thinking, “Wow, that was some journey.”

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