Friday, October 21, 2005

Extraordinary Machine

I love this Extraordinary Machine song by Fiona Apple. It's so weird and poetic. The lines in each verse and chorus vary dramatically in length; when you're listening to just about every song, you know where each line is going to end because of your own sense of rhythm. But, with Extraordinary Machine, it's almost a mystery. It's wacky. Take this line:

But he's no good at being uncomfortable so he can't stop staying exactly the same
(9 measures)

compared to

I certainly haven't been shopping for any new shoes
(5 measures)

The melody is also mostly monotone, which doesn't make it easier. Actually, there's probably some pattern to the music that I'm not seeing yet just because everything's so odd.

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