Welcome to The SALSA Weekly! The SALSA Weekly is a curated playlist/post on the blog, wherein members of SALSA will submit one song they have been digging the past week and why.
For your listening pleasure, here are our picks in one handy dandy Spotify playlist. Scroll down for what we have to say!
Proxy: Baths — Superstructure
I’ve been revisiting Romaplasm recently, which I’ve talked about at length on SALSA before. Lu has also covered the intense “Human Bog”, which might be one of the most intensely/depressingly relatable songs about queerness I’ve ever heard. For today, let’s turn our focus to another excellent song: “Superstructure”.
The songwriting here is intentionally more vague than a lot of the album, and getting the full context of it requires listening to it as a whole. The last two lines of each repetition of the chorus help ground the listener in the point: “I let the fulcrum buckle underneath//Deny my inhibitions and find modernity”. A lot of the record is about escapism from a cruel world that forces queer folks to hide who they truly are, to deny themselves the future they desire for the sake of the future they can have. This song firmly pinpoints that as the reasoning for previous escapism in other songs (such as “Yeoman”).
Package this heavy point in a tune that’s constantly driving, layering its vocals in ways that emphasize Wiesenfeld’s lower range after contrasting with his signature falsetto. The synths feel mechanical in a way that emphasizes the technological elements of the lyrics and drives the human elements into focus.
Helps that it’s catchy as hell, too.
Found on: ARE YOU WITH SPOTIFY YET
Amdusias: Thank You Scientist— Psychopomp
Things we know:
- “psychopomp” is a super cool word.
- TYS is really quickly becoming one of my favorite prog bands; the horns add so much to their arrangements, and there are so many more ways to play noodly 32nd notes in 19/32 or whatever.
- This song is basically everything I want out of ridiculous prog songs: it’s in about 35 different time signatures, there’s a totally out of place sample of a doctor talking about philosophy, part of it is in harmonic minor for no discernable reason, and there are multiple meedly Buckethead solos; despite all this, it somehow doesn’t overstay its welcome at all, and I’ve been listening to it multiple times a day since I heard it a couple of weeks ago.
Found on: You separate the physical from the Spotify
Din Fleetpaw: Richard Cheese — Down with the Sickness
This cover is almost exactly how I expect a metal lounge act to perform and I do love it. :3
Found on: Youtube
Din Fleetpaw: David Hutter — Globgogabgalab
Globgogabgalab is the shwabble-dabble-wabble-gabble flibba blabba blab, he’s full of shwibbly glib-a-kind and of course is also the yeast of thoughts and minds.
Found on: Strawinsky and the Mysterious House, or youtube
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