Song of the Day 9/4/08: Populous - Only Hope
"Only Hope" isn't so much a complete song as it is a cross-section of an endless serenade, locked somewhere up in a sealed attic. The first warped, metallic seconds open the track as if we're blessed with a rare discovery, like finding that space in your own home you never knew existed, with the drums and thin padwork spilling out onto your head like a dustbeam. From there it's a soft trance: stark but surging, with the implication of rich history behind it. The vocal harmonies become organs themselves, slipping off into the swirling atmosphere - and then you close the trapdoor shut again, though above it you know Populous will continue playing, perhaps for years to come.
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