High Pass Filter: Smart Bomb

This is another of my favourite songs, and also another where there was a bit more pausing and rewinding than I’d have liked. Oh well.

I think I captured describing what happens in the song; Not much imagery though, though there’s a small amount in what I wrote. I feel as though I haven’t done well enough by the song as it’s rather beautiful and wide.

Some of what I think is turntable scratching might be sample manipulation. Not certain.

High Pass Filter’s “Smart Bomb” is from Soft Adventure.

I hope you enjoy.

Echoing guitar alternating between different sounds. Turntable scratches appear in the space, creating slight emphasis. Bass comes in, stepping. The scratching becomes more prominent; once the percussion appears the scratching becomes a lead. The bass shifts into something similar, yet different. The song becomes full and yet space remains.

Guitar starts to scale upward and ring away as the vocals, almost breathy, make their appearance. Some words are clear and the whole delivery provides what is recognisable as words, but it’s unclear and almost dreamlike, floating along like the rest of the song. The turntabling had pulled back a little, letting the rest of the instrumentation have its time. Guitar continues to curl around and seemingly flicker at times.

Suddenly everything pulls back. The bass pulses and brass calls out, muted and low, yet distinct. Percussion occasionally rolls through. There’s quiet on the plains.

The bass picks up once more, the guitar rings out again, the percussion comes back in full and the brass call out triumphantly. It all glides with a grace and beauty, and seems to just breathe. One last vocal line, then a return to the scratches, stepping bass and ringing guitar. Brass once more muted and calls out in short notes. The bass falls away, the guitar scales and rings, the percussion pulls back and provides brief rolls. A sound echoing in the distance pulls away, as does the brass. Eventually the percussion stops and the guitar remains, lone for a few seconds as the song ends.

About Stupidity Hole

I'm some guy that does stuff. Hoping to one day fill the internet with enough insane ramblings to impress a cannibal rat ship. I do more than I probably should. I have a page called MS Paint Masterpieces that you may be interested in checking out. I also co-run Culture Eater, an online zine for covering the arts among other things. We're on Patreon!
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