Right, sorry about the delay in the reply! I just felt like I had to get cracking with the full review, and then my internet crashed, absolutely wonderful evening.
So, there were a few things that hit me about your reply. I was pretty amazed at the depth you went into responding to my comment. So firstly, the full review is dedicated to you Joe, you really love this album, and you’ve given me a chance to have a discussion about music, so thank you very much for that.
Right, on to replying. Firstly you mention being an audiophile. I personally don’t really mind to much whether a music file is .mp3 or .FLAC, .wav or any form of lossless digital audio. I should care, and I would be lying if I said I couldn’t tell the difference between certain formats. At the end of the day, the format doesn’t count too much and I find audio fidelity is just another way of monetising, commercialising and creating tiers for people with different household incomes. We can hear the music regardless of the quality. And that’s where we need to be looking, and that’s why I’m happy you’re ‘borderline obsessed with music’. But on the note of fidelity, what headphones/speaker system do you own?
In answer to your question: yes I do love trip hop and I actively listen to Bonobo. I would suggest back to you that you give Robert Glasper a listen (Black Radio II is a good starting album).
I kind of skimmed over your interpretation of Please be Naked and the title track (I’m so sorry haha). But in the end that, almost word for word, and for alot of other songs on the album, was my final interpretation after listening to them for a few hours, so don’t worry, you’re on a level with me for that. Ambience is one of the greatest ways to create reflection on mental state. I feel like alot of this album is about closing someone in to focus on themselves, whilst also keeping someone they love right next to them. I get the feeling that I am alone in a room with the person I love, looking at them, analysing them, co-existing with them, and nothing else exists, even if in the reality of things, while I’m in this little mental trip, the whole world could be going past me.
Healy’s views with religion are presented to us as a struggle, I kind of brush over it, because it’s nothing I haven’t heard before. I’ve heard from people on both sides of the religion debate. Personally as an Agnostic, I just don’t really care. You’re also right, it is ‘easier’ to follow the bible and just live your life believing what you’re told or what you read. But if you’re able to go beyond that, and do things for you, and the people around you, and not for your place in heaven. It doesn’t matter whether you end up believing in God or not, that’s what those few truly ‘good’ people in life have in common. Healy realises this I think, I think he’s come to terms with the fact that everything he’s been told about religion isn’t what he truly believes. You can see it in the emptiness of the album, the emptiness that slowly, bit by bit, note by note, song by song, gets built up and patched over.
Back to you brother.