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A good thing or a lazy way to get around the issue that none of your recordings sits well as an opener?
there's yr pound of flesh, DiS
wanting to make an impression on their first record, the band employs four minutes of a quiet beginning leading to waves of INCREASING GUITAR NOISE
thing is, Oceansize got there first. and where HOTS' song is tortured and angsty (check that melancholy Spanish folk chord progression), Oceansize's is powered by THE GLORY OF SUNLIGHT
so yeah, I prefer Oceansize's. it's less obviously indie, more psychedelic and organic, even if it is less wrought. I'd also say it's more powerful. you are free to disagree
I went into the new music tent at V Festival in 2004 as a fairly ordinary teenage passive-absorber of music that I encountered and exited utterly exhilarated and wanting to search out anything and everything that could make me feel that exhilarated again.
I really wish I could hear something new now that would make me excited again.
especially if they prefigure the album
One of the most thrilling opening tracks ever.
One of the most thrilling second tracks ever.
Followed by Allison
Tails off pretty badly after that but great start.
Does that count? It should.
Broken Social Scene - Capture The Flag
That's a good one.
one of my favourite album openers ever.
although Speed Of Life was meant to have vocals and he just didn't get around to it/was too fucked or something.
Firesuite by Doves
Intro by the XX
Let Her Rest by Fucked Up
(Druun) by Diiv
to say Firesuite.
nice tune too; 'Prelude'.
Though I wasn't then sure whether the odd 'yelp' constitutes vocals or not. Works well in the context of the album though, which I am enjoying.
I'm a big fan of Intro's under two minutes though. A good example would be Through Mind and Back from the new Youth Lagoon album.
even 'ah-ah' 'buh-buh' counts as vocals
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.
IS AS KEEN AND AS SHARP AS CAN BE
WILL ALWAYS SETTLE MY PROBLEMS FOR ME
that said, the songs that come afterwards kick its ass. but it does a good job clearing the decks for them
Doves - Firesuite
Clearlake - Clearlake Lido
Asobi Seksu - Everything Is On (a whole 18 seconds!)
Coldplay - Life In Technicolour
Moby - Hymn
Amplifier - Gustav's Arrival and The Runner
Sun Airway - Activity 1
Janelle Monae - Suite II Overture (sort of)
And even though The Black Amnesias kicks the shit out of it, Seconds by HotS also.
Mew - Cicuitry of the Wolf
The Radio Dept. - It's Personal
Kubichek! - Searchers
kinda wish it went on longer
There is precisely no reason why it shouldn't just be the intro to Roman Is Better
No-one has said Dananananaykroyd - Hey Everyone yet!
Come on lads!
sprung to my mind.
I think there was a time in the mid 90s when most extreme metal records had some sort of mood-setting prelude to start an album off. Embarrassingly, other than Anathema, I can only think of Humana Inspired To Nightmare from Cradle of Filth's 'Dusk...' but I'm sure there are hundreds.
Introduction from the Hungry Saw... a real beaut
Intro - Sonic Youth
Intro - Doves
Takk... - Sigur Rós
I also like instrumental closers too, such as Optigan 1 by Blur.
forgetting I'd done this one, there you go!
Also deserves a mention!
starts with one of the best instrumental tracks of all time
Furryvision is lovely for the minute or so it runs.
lambchop - C'mon, and No You C'mon both have sorta preludey pieces at the start of each disc that are instrumental.
Though that might be more for the ace bit where it breaks into Broken rather than the actual intro itself.
Ides Of March - Iron Maiden (Killers)
...and another vote for "Hyperpower!".
Begins with 'Awe' which I think is fully vocal-less.
I dunno, I kind of like it as a way into an album. An easing in, rather than a full dunk. An experience has been constructed, rather than just a bunch of songs stuck together.
from the album of the same name, really strong opener
The Emperor of Wyoming
Cover Me (Slowly) from Microcastle & Intro from Cryptograms. I think both work perfectly.
A great instrumental into to one of the greatest albums of all time.