On Spoon and white space

Why Spoon? Why can’t I get them out of my head?

First, they’re awesome. They’re unique. More than that, though, they have a hidden talent for doing an awful lot with only a few sounds.

Spoon, sonically, are the embodiment of effective white space. They get so loud, with such a deep groove, without wasting a single note; it’s as if they’ve carefully selected each individual sound, one at a time, like a real-life version of Mario Paint.

In doing this, they make the loud parts so much more dynamic – each long note allowing the song to come up for air, inhale, fill the lungs, and dive back down for more bursts of turgidity.

I have always had a hard time turning away from Spoon. Now I understand that, unwillingly, they’re steeped in good design. Makes perfect sense, I guess.

(And, dude. The bass player from The Get Up Kids is in the band, now. FROM THE GET UP KIDS. People, DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT I’M SAYING?)

This was lovingly handwritten on May 14th, 2010