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?)