Tom MacWright




I’ve been enjoying videos a bit more recently - a combination of Patreon-supported educational series and keynotes by the leaders of technical movements give me a lot of visual-but-rigorous content.


Instead of the laundry list of albums, I’m going to focus on just one. ‘Love is Simple’ by Akron/Family has stuck with me: it was released in 2007 and I think I got the album in 2008. After this album, the band went toward the ‘experimental’ side of experimental folk, but this song and Running, Returning from Akron/Family & Angels of Light are great examples of experimental folk done right. They’re also good examples of mixed measures and multiple time signatures, respectively - Don’t be Afraid uses a measure of 5/4 in its catchy chorus, and Running, Returning starts in 5/4, moves to 4/4, and ends in 6/8. It might just be me, but that kind of variation gives songs a longer burn - makes them more interesting over multiple listens. Plus, it’s hard to beat ‘love is simple’ as an anthem.

February 04, 2017 @tmcw