CAT POWER - Metal Heart
"If the blues progressed from it was in the beginning (taking it way back to Africa where it really originates), and Africa was miraculously not tainted by colonialism, this is what I imagine they would sound like in the hands of a white girl visitor. Judt imagine: She escapes the western world and finds refuge in West Africa, where stringed instruments are played in cyclical rhythms, going and going then coming back to where they were to create some form of trance. She has brought her guitar with her, along with her despondency, she learns the forms, but cannot escape the grip of her context of music. And as much as she drags and drops the form, it still is dropped on an already shaped view of what music is. Metal Heart is classic Cat Power; it's shoddy, her guitar playing is somewhat messy, yet hits the right notes, and this shoddiness, this reluctance to be clean is an extension of what the song is basically about. She has never written a sadder song, but even though it sounds hopeless; listen to those drums (they drag, kick drum only comes in later, and every time it does it feels like a punch to an already raw stomach), there's hope. Midway she sings "I once was lost, but now am found". Those lyrics, as old as they are, are what the album Moon Pix is about: being found."
Available on: Moon Pix