Hey Rosetta! – New Goodbye (review and mp3)
When I start sifting through new music for the playlist, it can sometimes get a bit repetitive and boring. Occasionally, I just have to stop and get away from it for a while, take a break. Ear fatigue? Maybe. Tons of sound-alikes? Not so much, but it can happen. Now and again, I’ll be listening to track after track after track and something happens. Something starts playing and it catches me off-guard. The opening of New Goodbye by Hey Rosetta sounded like it could have easily been just another one of those tracks, but it was a misdirection. Slight of hand.
Have you ever heard a song and the first thing you want to do is corner someone you know who loves music, throw a pair of headphones on him or her and just watch the reaction? Not everyone has this kind of relationship with music, I know. If you read this blog, you’re probably one of the ones that do. And I don’t say that to denigrate those with a more casual relationship with music, it’s just that you and I? … we’re better people*. And we’re the kind of people who feel that when we have a positive, moving experience with a song, we feel as if we’ll burst if we don’t share it with as many people as possible.This is one of those songs. Even if it’s not the kind of music you’d normally listen to, the power of the song and the recording is unquestionable, in your face and obvious. If you can actually find the strength to set aside your short attention span for a few minutes. The way it sneaks up on you, makes you think it’s one thing and then hits you over the head with unexpected shifts and turns, then becomes something else. And the quality of the recording? The dynamics? Outstanding. Even saying that much is almost a “spoiler”. Just give it a listen and tell me what you think. I suggest pumping that volume up quite a bit at the beginning and just leaving it right at that level, especially if you have really decent headphones or a great set of speakers. Just make sure you’re not in a situation where you’ll have to turn it down halfway through. Commit to listening! Do not just avoid distraction, actively refuse it. It’s something people just don’t do as much anymore, just letting something unfold. We half-listen and half-watch. We surround ourselves with distractions and background noise. This is not one of those experiences. This is musical immersion. Let it happen.
(track posted with direct, specific permission from the artist)
I wish I could remember specifically where I first found this track, really. I’d like to give the blog or torrent uploader or whatever a huge thank you. And if you end up loving this track as much as I did, I think you’ll find the album, **Into Your Lungs (and around in your heart, and on through your blood), a very satisfying experience. You can find Hey Rosetta! at the following places:
*Please, please know that’s a joke. And if you think it isn’t? It isn’t. But just for you.
**Which technically came out in 2008, but I feel didn’t really get decent attention until the beginning of 2009. And people are still discovering it. Cannot wait for the new one.
Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/suckamc/3003127762/