Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Let The 2015/1967 Countdowns Begin

Okay, let's get these promised countdowns started.

Over the next several months we'll be taking a look back at the music years 2015 and 1967, re-ranking many of the best albums and songs from those two years as they sound to Nancy and me today.

In addition, we'll try to comment on all the other 2015 and 1967 songs that will not be included on those lists, but that did make the 2015 and 1967 mix collections.

And that's where we start today, with Scottish producer Hudson Mohawke's Indian Steps, a poignant collaboration with Antony Hegarty from Mohawke's 2015 release Lantern, which we featured on our Best of 2015 Volume 9 - Circuit Teasers mix, profiling the our favorite electro-pop tracks of the year.

In truth, Indian Steps was quite literally the last song I choose to include in the entire 2015 collection,
and there's a good reason for that. It's not a track I'm in love with instrumentally (though I do think Mohawke does a beautiful job layering Antony's swirling overdubs), but lyrically, whoa...this song packs a world of meaning and a hell of an emotional wallop into just a few brief verses.

A look back at a lifelong, committed love from the perspective of the surviving partner just after the other partner has passed, it poetically hits upon the primal desire in all of us to protect those we love most, and also, devastatingly, the ultimate futility of such desires - something the official video for the song also makes clear.

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