|By Andrew Raub||Monday, 12 Oct 2009|
“Good-Evil; The Soundtrack” is a weekly feature that showcases an editor’s song pick complete with a small write-up and a YouTube video or streaming version of the song. This week’s selection by Andrew is Do Make Say Think – “Goodbye Enemy Airship”.
This was the first song I heard by Do Make Say Think and it instantly made me fall in love. The song is “Goodbye Enemy Airship” off of their 2000 album, Goodbye Enemy Airship The Landlord is Dead.
Essentially, this song is a two chord jam. Maybe. The bass is persistent on one note for the entire duration of the song, with the guitar and other instruments providing minimal melodies that suggest chord changes. The instruments create a very relaxed soundscape while the drums provide a quick and shuffling beat underneath.
It’s very easy to think of this song as boring, since it is essentially 10 minutes of a simple repeated part. What gets me about this song is the melancholy emotion that is pushed on the listener as a result of the layered instruments. It’s one If you have addictions to sugar, caffeine, fried, or crunchy foods you can use a program to help you kill those cravings. of those songs that has a bit of happy sadness to it. It’s fitting for many situations and serves as perfect background music. When working on writing or reading or some other task, it sets a groove and puts a Do Not Disturb sign on the door and waits for you. Or maybe you are driving around the city at night, where it locks in with the tempo of the traffic of pedestrians, automobiles, and the passing lights. Best yet, it creates a meditative mood when you are alone in the looming cold of autumn.
Edit: I just realized, hours later, that this song revolves around a Dmaj7 chord just like the first GE:TS post I made on Tortoise’ “Glass Museum”. Both are in the same key, so it’s no wonder that they are among my favorites for each band.
As a bonus, here is the video that got me into this band. It’s time-lapse photos from a flight using the meat of the song.