Initial thoughts on El Pintor
I am desperately trying to analyze these songs, but I keep getting swept up in the music and losing concentration! But here are my initial thoughts:
When I listened through the entire album for the first time a couple weeks ago, my first impression was that it’s much more playful than the rest of their output. There’s freedom in the way the songs are put together. I also noted that it’s an extremely rhythmically complex album. Daniel’s opening riffs in several of the songs leave you wondering where the downbeat is until the drums come in and announce the meter.
I’ve started graphing the structure of the songs, and my impression of rhythmic complexity and freedom in song form seems to be correct: “All the Rage” starts off structurally predictable (though the guitar riff is very metrically unpredictable) at 4 bars/measures of 4 beats each, repeated 4 times. The verse shares the 4 bar structure, but is only repeated 3 times, which is unusual for Interpol. Even more unusual is that the chorus is 3 bars of 4 beats, and again repeated only 3 times—>the COOLEST part being that the last bar of the chorus elides with the first bar of the next verse: The ending of one and the beginning of the other happen simultaneously. Elision is so cool in music.
What’s also cool is that we got a foreshadowing of this freedom in metrical and formal structure in the last album, with “Lights” (see my post on that song).
Ok, back to graphing (assuming that I can stop listening to “My Desire” on repeat haha).