David Sylvian got a divorce from his wife, which destroyed him emotionally and made him go a bit off his rocker, so he recorded pic related which sounds like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrVXtFmjgTo
Down Colourful Hill is a great album as a whole, but Strawberry Hill is the most emotional and in my opinion, the best Red House Painters song ever. Not to say Mark has strokes of music that contest with it, but it's depth and repeatable nature of the song with the added emotional, almost physically crushed tone of the song makes it there best.
Yeah, that album is depressing as fuck. I can't even listen to it. Not because it's bad or anything. I'm just like, ah, no time for that. Too depressing. Have to keep my chin up. Can't listen to that album. Puts me in the dumpster. Emotionally.
>>61549767 >Losing the dream, face to face sleeping >Losing the dream, open mouth breathing >Where unadmired beings, dread the due changes ahead >Where unadmired beings, dread the due changes ahead >Prayers, prayers for success >Prayers, prayers always die in time how are you holding up senpai?
>>61552734 >>61549767 I always preferred Funhouse, since it's a pretty accurate description (sonically and lyrically) of the onset of depression. Or Mother because of the way it sorta slowly shifts from slow-core ballad to ambient drone.
But I guess now that I think about it, is there any track on Rollercoaster that isn't good?
Also, to answer your question, OP. No, it isn't, in so far as that the music and the lyrics only hold so much value as you lend to them. You can never truly know or share the same feeling the artist did when he wrote those lines, though their work can provide an insight into what they might have felt. But overall, it's you who adds meaning to that work and it's significance is always inherently skewed by what values you possess.
Some people might listen to Michael and say, "that's misfortunate, that's just life" and not bat an eyelid or conversely find themselves unable to listen to it because it's too emotional (or even whiny). In either cases, it can't be "the most emotional work ever" because it either doesn't connect or because the listener refuses to listen further and thus can never empirically say it's the best because they don't possess a complete understanding of the work.
I only listened to Down Colorful Hill by RHP and found it boring, repetitive and uninteresting. I'm sure the lyrics are great, but I'm not a native English speaker and I never focus on understanding lyrics when listening to music. Should I check out any other RHP album or might as well not even bother?
>>61556923 even without lyrics it's a musically beautiful work imo. very subtle perfection in each part, beautiful slow movement in each song, and of course some wonderful impassioned vocal performance
it's not really supposed to be exciting. it's like a serene landscape painting or the english countryside; doesn't need action and bombast, no declaration of its beauty, its more quiet and moving in a deep way
I wasn't exepecting anything exciting, and I don't need music to be that. Hell, Elliott Smith's Either/Or is 10/10 to me. But I found the melodies to be very dull and the songs are too long and repetitive.
>>61557097 >>61556923 DCH took a while to grow on me as well. It is a primitive product after all. The first in a long line of Kozelek albums and taken entirely from a demo tape. I think what a lot of people appreciate is its candidacy and rawness.
If you want something a little more nuanced, try Rollercoaster or Ocean Beach. It does take a little while to grow on you though. I think the first time I listened to it, I was like "fuck, I'm never going to get this, maybe slowcore just isn't for me" and such but RHP is one of those bands that keeps dragging you back.
If you really don't like it though, maybe it's just not for you, though.
>>61557488 >go nowhere Jesus Christ man you are a fucking retard >medicine bottle goes nowhere What a fucking stupid opinion, Medicine Bottle has an amazing narrative arc that resolves in the best way possible, and Down Colorful Hill resolves itself well as well. Jesus Christ, do you have autism? Or ADD?
>>61557541 I'm the guy who isn't a native English speaker and doesn't pay attention to lyrics. As I said abobe, I'm sure the lyrics and narrative are fucking genius, but musically (melody-wise) it just isn't interesting enough.
Citation please. I remember watching an interview where he said he reunited with the real Michael at a Sun Kil Moon show. So he played the song at the show and apparently the guy started breaking down,crying. It's about an old friend.
Mark wrote it about the unspoken connection male friends have with one another. Even the interviewer talked about how male friendship is a rare topic to go off in songs.
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