Hertz for the heart

[Via U.Blog]

It’s kind of cute, but the clip doesn’t appear to be cached, so it has to be downloaded each time. Admittedly it’s pretty short, and maybe not something worth hitting the replay button for, but what if I do did?

The more I loop Heart Station, the less it screams Distance Days and the more I find in common with the atmospheric stuff in Deep River and Ultra Blue. The bouncing vibraphone line in the beginning is just one of many layers of ambience.

I must have zeroed in on the rhythmic aspect first because the chorus is so infectious. I don’t have to know what it all means in order to know that it rhymes, but more importantly is the placement of the phrases during the chorus.

In starting with a solid attack on beat 2 and ending on 1, Hikki becomes a backbeat unto herself. Note also the compensating weight she gives to 4, which should be the weakest beat, by pitching higher than she did on 2. Without pause, it keeps things off balance.

For lack of a better term, it’s trippy. Night time cruise control.

While her own performance continues to be technically proficient, composition and instrumentals really carry Heart Station. This trend of emphasizing everything else over vocals is going to continue, in keeping with her expanding producer role.

Stay Gold is also great with its driving piano line, scratchy vinyl LP noise, and glitchy quirks. But it’s not nearly as cool as Heart Station. It’s one for a rainy day, something that should be in short supply for a while.

Veoh, while supplies last.

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  1. By transientem » Tuned cardiac resonators on June 27, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    […] said my piece on Heart Station. Lots of movement, especially in the chorus, but subdued all the same. The only […]