Wednesday, August 01, 2007

White Light

A couple of months ago, I stumbled across a track that took me back to the days that people were writing truly astounding electronic music. It seems to happen less and less these days, but this tune is really beyond belief.

It’s called “White Light”, and it’s by Funk d’Void and Phil Kieran.

Setting up with quirky lofi walking-pace drums, spacey swirling chords, and wobbling tuning, it sets a solid foundation for a minute and a half, before setting sail with a three-chord cycle that circles you through the deepest of emotional 7 minute journeys, rising and falling, talking and listening, giving and taking. It’s the most amazing, gentle and delicately crafted piece of dancefloor friendly warmth I can remember.

One thing that I have always found myself doing with electronic music, is trying to find a way to release the soul, and the heart, and the emotions from machines – to get them to love you, to tell you a story. The greatest of these moments is when music flows out from these electronics, that balances on the knife-edge between optimism and melancholy. When you and the studio equipment can somehow combine, to release some of that emotion, the result can be special.

When Funk d’Void released “Thank You (slowly)” on his debut Soma release, I wasn’t sure that for pure heart, he would ever trump it – and despite some blinding records since, I’ve always felt that there was something very special about that early, little-talked-about track.

White Light, nothing short of unbelievable, lays that to rest.

A classic for today, and tomorrow...

1 comment:

John Braine said...

Forgot all about 'thank you slowly'. Used to love that. There was some nice stuff on the first album too as far as I can remember but probably not quite as good.