Let Down

July 9, 2012 1:05 PM

My attempt at the July challenge...

I had a difficult time thinking of a different genre for this one, so I decided to exaggerate everything I could think of about the original, without re-listening to it. Dunno the last time I heard "Let Down" before I started working on this.

The vocals are meant to be a mostly-unintelligible smear, except for the chorus, which is slightly more audible. There's multiple tracks of singing, one or two of them are mostly-correct words and the rest are just similar syllables. So some of the parts for the opening lines are now "Jansport motorcade", "Transform marmalade", etc. In a couple places I just sang lyrics from other radiohead songs. I mention Crispin Glover at least once, as well as disintegration, cerebellums, and "left brown and hand in a frown". and then one of the vocal tracks is just chopped into tiny bits and rearranged.

posted by dubold (7 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

Mmm...exceptional. It really just kind of holds on to the faintest whispers of the original song (apart, obviously, from the chord structure). I really dig the buttery texture of the synthetics all throughout; a bit Eno, a bit Boards of Canada, a lot beautiful.
posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 4:16 PM on July 9, 2012

I like everything about this.
posted by man vs sun at 6:49 PM on July 9, 2012

All I really want to say is 'Yes, sir.' I like a whole lot of songs, but among those songs this particular song is very near my favorite of favorites. I would never have imagined it the way you did it, but I'm pretty glad you did.
posted by TheRedArmy at 12:19 AM on July 10, 2012

(I feel compelled to explain that, in case you are a woman, the 'Yes, sir' was meant coloquially (?) and not specifically. My intent was not to thank malekind for its bounty, just to pledge servitude to something kickass.)
posted by TheRedArmy at 12:26 AM on July 10, 2012 [1 favorite]

So good, dubold. Hand in a frown is oddly poetic. That's a very good idea to not listen to the song again before covering it.
posted by Corduroy at 4:43 AM on July 10, 2012

Dubold, this is brilliance.
posted by Elmore at 4:17 PM on July 10, 2012

So lovely. This lives in a really good space.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 11:40 AM on July 31, 2012

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