“Oh, to realize something is ending within us”

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory....sounds like a Flaming Lips song title, huh?

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory....sounds like a Flaming Lips song title, huh?

The Flaming Lips – “Feeling Yourself Disintegrate” from The Soft Bulletin (1999)

A while back, Jordy and I were talking about songs with dense, complicated arrangements, and how that density can enhance the meaning and emotion inherent in the song. He mentioned the late-60s/early-70s Beach Boys — Brian Wilson was nothing if not a genius of overload.

But the first thing that popped into my noggin was this ditty from the Flaming Lips’ best record. In fact, it is not especially dense, but I think that every guitar strum, every echoey mellotron yawn, every cymbal ping serves to create a sort of rock-and-roll tone poem. Toward the end the song itself begins to disintegrate.

What dense complicated platters do you love to spin, and why?

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Posted by Glenn

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Filed under 1990s, Psychedelic, Rock, Space rock

2 responses to ““Oh, to realize something is ending within us”

  1. Neil Cake

    from the same album, I’m a big fan of The Gash. It’s a grandiose tale, the gravity of which is emphasised by the multiple (almost choir-like) vocal lines and squawks.

  2. The Gash and Feeling Yourself Disintegrate are both great songs.

    The whole Soft Bulletin album reminds me of Pet Sounds quite a bit actually, in terms of songwriting, production and cohesiveness.

    most of my favourite Beach Boys stuff is actually the more stripped-back, minimalist Smiley Smile/Wild Honey/Friends material. but for dense you can’t beat Heroes & Villains or The Little Girl I Once Knew.

    a great dense production in a similar vein is My World Fell Down, by Gary Usher’s Sagittarius.

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