October 10, 2011

First thoughts: Kate Bush's Wild Man

This morning I live tweeted my reaction to Kate Bush's first proper new single
since 2005,
Wild Man...

Playing the new Kate Bush single now.

I like the music, but what the hell, is she singing the chorus?

Oh dear.

And, no, Andy Fairweather Low (old Welsh dude) is singing the chorus, because that's what we all wanted from Kate's first new song since 2005.

Well, that is not the most chart-bothering single ever, is it?

and there we have it. Hmmph. What do you think?


countpopula said...

Well, this has a little oddness in it, yes, but so do the new Tori Amos and Bjork albums. Unfortunately, it also has a bit of MOR in the mix, really unlike the other two mentioned. I am not blown away, but it is not a disaster either, just the sound of a woman following her muse and growing older gracefully. While I would prefer a bit more energy (hey Kate, where are those tribal drums you used to use?), it sounds like it will be a nice (insert "polite") followup to the already-6-year-old Aerial.

These three women who were once touted at the forefront of progress in popular music have reached moments in their careers which can be maddening, infuriating, willfully trying whatever they think is a good idea at the time. Only Tori seems to have retained a true sense of melody in her records, and I am finding it increasingly difficult to celebrate these artists just because they can be bonkers. Give us some tunes! They aren't completely absent, but they aren't top on their radar screens either. This is another reason I have found the recent Radiohead release to be a lazy and offensive record to fans who continue to hang on for something amazing and get tuneless and directionless navel gazing instead.

Maybe this will grow on me...it's not bad, really. Right now, I am just wondering: If an artist spends too much time away from their art, whether it be to raise kids or "relax", can they ever return and tap into what made them special in the first place, or is it gone forever? Ultimately, their sound or their voice changes, and I haven't seen to many positive outcomes.

Michael Green said...

I really love it. Have you listened through headphones. I'm listening right now thru headphones for my first listen.

It's deep and dense but it flows. Slowly. The chorus is unexpected but reminds me of the first time I heard Kate sing with Trio Bulgarka. After one listen, I really love it. We'll see where it goes from here.

I'm a little disappointed you don't think much of it. :-(

xolondon said...

Thanks for the comments! I will give it another shot... it's Kate! Not sure if it's for sale in the US yet?

It may also sound better in the context of the full record. But I kind of loathed King Of The Mountain and ended up liking that album, so the precedent is set.

Count, the Bjork record is just tinkly noise. It could be turned into a passable 4 song EP. Her worse release in terms of melody.

countpopula said...

After a good listen to the album version, I have decided to backstep just a bit and say that this is a rather engaging effort from Kate, even in the context of King of the Mountain which I DID actually like. I think the longer version allows the song to breathe much more, and it really takes that time to get swept up in the mood and emotion of the track. Still a little lacking in melody, but much more Bush-y than I originally thought. I shall never listen to the radio edit again...

The Bjork has moments, but songs like Dark Matter and Solstice are rather formless for all the waiting we did. The randomness of the drum machines is rather interesting though. Maybe she should focus more on rhythm and melody next time, as I found songs like Cosmogony and Mutual Core to be rather refreshing amidst all the wandering.