Wormhole #55 (A Nice Pair)

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4 Comments

  • 1
    Duncan Walls
    December 16, 2012 - 19:05 | Permalink

    These guys are the bomb! Always loved the indie release of Tomorrow Night and Black Vinyl Shoes. Thanks.

    • 2
      Willard
      December 16, 2012 - 19:09 | Permalink

      The remastering on this is outstanding, too. The old vinyl I had back in the day was muddy and depressing. This stuff is bright and alive.

  • 3
    john s
    October 31, 2013 - 03:01 | Permalink

    Loved their Present Tense lp back in the day. Looking fwd to hearing the newer material as well. many thanks!

  • 4
    Mike
    January 27, 2014 - 10:17 | Permalink

    As Duncan says, I too loved Black Vinyl Shoes and the BOMP! single of “Tomorrow Night,” which is definitely on my Top 10 Power Pop Songs of All Time list.

    However, I’ve always had a bit of a burr up my ass about the remade version of “Tomorrow Night” from Present Tense. (The sound files on this page won’t play for me, but I’m assuming that’s what is heard here.)

    To put it simply, WHAT WERE THEY THINKING when they remade this song? Specifically, what is with the “off” note when the title phrase is sung? What does this add to the song? It’s almost as if they said, “Hey, let’s be a little arbitrarily quirky here.” A terrible decision.

    Terrible decision #2: ending this version “cold” — in fact, quite abruptly so — rather than having it fade out as the original single does. The outro of the original “Tomorrow Night” is a beautifully transcendent 30 seconds. The singer is pleading with his intended, but receives no answer and remains filled with uncertainty and doubt. Isn’t it better to let this passage fade away without resolution, rather than having it end with a thud?

    And beyond the lyrical content, this passage is so beautiful from a musical standpoint that you don’t want it to end. You imagine it floating away on a cloud and going on forever — which, of course, a fade-out allows you to pretend is what happens.

    OK, so this is maybe going to a level of specificity the average listener may not care to visit! But I love this song so much. Despite so many other great songs on Present Tense (I’m a particular fan of “Your Very Eyes”), I refuse to listen to the first track.

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