July 7th, 2014 11:30am

Will I Ever Learn

Brian Eno & Karl Hyde “Time to Waste It”

The core of this song – the repeated guitar hook, the steady rhythm – is very calming. There are songs where endless repetition becomes numbing or anxiety-inducing, but this arrangement is so loose and airy that it encourages your body to loosen up, maybe even go slack. All the tension is placed in the vocals, which are pitched and warped in peculiar ways so Karl Hyde always sounds confused and somewhat anguished. He comes across like a man who has become very disappointed in himself, but not in a severe way. For the first few minutes it sounds like two distinct signals overlapping on the radio, but near the end, it feels more integrated, as if he’s just yielded to the mellow vibe of that endless riff.

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