Very, very, very original and unpredictable vocal melodies and musical arrangements are the cornerstone of this Oregon band’s assured future world domination. Exempla gratis, the song ‘Sermon of the 12’ features the following lyric (lifted thoughtfully from a poem by Anne Sexton):
‘Do not rely on February unless your cat has had her kittens / throbbing in the snow / do not use knives and forks unless the thaw / like the yawn of a baby / the sun in this month begets a headache / like an angel slapping you in the face / like an angel slapping you in the face.’It’s a verse, repeated throughout the song, across a range of vocal registers and depths of arrangement. What any of the words themselves mean, well, you’ve got me there. But I’m sure that it’s beautiful, the way it all comes across, and that whatever it conveys is definitely heart-warming. It could make you drop to your knees. It could make you change your mind. It could change your mind for the better.
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