It’s like the aural equivalent of dropping a stone into the centre of a grand body of water and watching the ripples move out from their initially miniscule start to their final, lake sized circumference. One might ask how the stone-wielder’s presence in the centre of the lake is leaving the surface of the water unperturbed, or even if the wave form will retain its strength as it increases in diameter. One might ask those things, that is, if one were a complete twat. I’m happy to just think of it as a good way of depicting the gradual, cascading bloom of Exitmusic’s ‘Passage’. The song comes from their debut album of the same name and is quite simply, glorious. Aleksa Palladino’s voice is riven with pain and quivering vulnerability and though this might sound hard to listen to it’s far from it. Frail and empowering, pretty and strong. Big song from a big record.
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