My Bloody Valentine
"Sometimes" (Re-Mastered DAT 2006 Version)
Damn if this isn’t my favorite My Bloody Valentine song. I have no idea what it’s about, but I have a feeling it’s about finding specific beauty and stunning detail in the overwhelming crush of human experience. Because that’s just what it sounds like.
And now that I look up the lyrics online, I find out something, yes, that agrees with me. It’s probably just confirmation bias. The brain is always on this merry fact finding mission that only ever ends up finding itself.
Turn my head into sound
I don’t know when I lay down on the ground
You will find your hand down hurts to love
Never cared and the world turned hearts to love
We will see, oh now, in a day or two
The verses are composed of clipped declaratives and imperatives like stage directions and window dressing. The requisite Exeunt pursued by feedback joke. What has struck me now about this song that’s caused me to stop dead and start again?
These Loveless re-masters will be an occasion to write and talk about the album, of course. To me and my 29 year old ears, $350 amp/DAC, powered bookshelf speakers, and yes, don’t forget, LAME V0-encoded MP3 [read: not very great kit] the DAT and standard re-masters sound exactly the same. There’s a lot of literature out there to say that audiophiles are a bunch of idiots (sort of, paraphrasing here). I certainly think they are. I mean, we can talk about numbers and psychopathology and emotional listening and sampling rates, fine, but if we still have to sit down and listen to Pink Floyd or Steely Dan at the end of that conversation, then I’d just rather not.
But I have really enjoyed listening to Loveless in an attentive and active way, a way that I really never listen to music. Even if I may have given myself a slight case of tinnitus in the process. Because it really is beautiful music that deserves fresh, close listening to.