Said – Everything You Wanted
Said’s “Everything You Wanted” is equal parts dream-pop musing, and bar-room jam band lets loose on a Saturday night. Just like Neil Young, someone with whom a lot of comparisons can be made in terms of sound, Said is a man of the people.
“Everything You Wanted“, the singer explains in the “liner notes” of the track reflects the uncertainty and despair felt by many people during the awfully uncertain period through which we are all manoeuvring as best we can.
There’s a classic Crazy Horse feel to this, with the guitar weaving in and out of the track and kicking the rhythm in its place at strategic moments. As for the playing itself, it is quite competent with Said capable of locking into a tight groove with the rhythm section and riding it until the wave dissolves. It’s worth watching for yourselves.
McDead – Elf
With an inspired name that sounds like the realistic, undisguised, advertising of one of the world’s biggest fast-food joints, and an obsession with elves that informs the single in question, McDead makes for a bizarre listening proposition. Frankly, that description is just what we’ve always searched for on Alt77.
Not that you’d know this was a song inspired by elves, or what kind of elvic variety we are discussing. The song is a slow-moving instrumental. It’s the perfect soundscape for relaxation, meditation, and consumption of chemical refreshments.
In fact, while I’ve no reason to believe this to be the case, the song and name remind me of the oft-quoted claim regarding LSD, that most untrustworthy of hallucinogens. Some of those whose brains were in the midst of having their brains irrevocably scrambled by the drug claimed to have seen and even comminuted with the fabled Elven creatures. Generally, their words of wisdom, if they had any, were not communicated also.
From the gently picked acoustic guitar to the tribal drumming style, to the sweeping effect of all the sounds coming together, McDead are a product of true, modern-psychedelic rock.