Monday’s Long Songs

 

This is a new edit from Dan Wainwright, a psychedelic Indian epic, Shanti Shanti Shanti. There’s something about Indian sounds that lends themselves to trippy, long form music- the drones, the scales, the percussion and the strings- that goes back to the 60s and then the late 80s and early 90s.

Four Tet’s music, especially his 2015 Morning/ Evening album is a delight, comes from a similar place, the Morning side especially, a piece of music I never tire of hearing. The looped vocal, a Lata Mangeshkar sample, played over Four Tet’s intricate dance rhythms and raga mode, are a total joy. I’ve posted this fairly recently but it’s too good not to share again.

Monday’s Long Song

In 2015 Four Tet released a two track album called Morning/Evening, each side twenty minutes long. Morning Side especially is a unique, joyful and innovative piece of music. It began with a sample of the Hindi singer Lata Mangeshka and took off inspired by her voice and the ragas from the collection of Indian music he inherited from his Grandfather as a child and more contemporary influences like Autechre. The drums are familiar Four Tet, skittering and busy but light and the synths and voice give the twenty minutes of Morning Side the quality of waking from a dream, the sunshine coming in through the blinds. It’s a stunning piece of work that never feels like it’s twenty minutes long.