Album: Nitin Sawhney, Last Days of Meaning (Positiv)
Friday 16 September 2011
The "Meaning" in question is one Donald Meaning, a "tired old man without a soul" (played by John Hurt) railing against the dying of the light, his reflections interspersed among the music tracks of Last Days of Meaning.
It's similar to Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape: the old man sits alone, listening to the music on a cassette recorder, while his initially resent-ful inclinations are gradually eroded to leave his final state much more beatific. Accordingly, the music shifts from the bluesy "The Devil and Midnight" to Natty's exultant rap on "Taste the Air", following Meaning's trajectory as his character is cleansed by a succession of styles: the gentle throb of kalimba of "Confessions from the Womb", the piano and cello of "I'm Done", the celesta and murmur of "Laugh". As usual with Sawhney, it's typically eclectic, and surprisingly effective.
DOWNLOAD THIS: Confessions from the Womb; Taste the Air; Laugh
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