David Bowie - Sense of Doubt (1977)
“Sense of Doubt” would further develop the experimental processes employed Bowie and Eno. One such technique was a method pioneered by Eno called “Oblique Strategies,” which is a deck of cards intended to inspire and challenge artists with short phrases such as “Retrace your steps” or “Honour thy error as a hidden intention.” Of the many different experimental processes used during the sessions, “Sense of Doubt” is an example of this particular method. Eno himself would say of the song:
It was like a game. We took turns working on it; he’d do one overdub and I’d do the next. The idea was that each was to observe his Oblique Strategy as closely as he could. And as it turned out they were entirely opposed to one another. Effectively mine said, “Try to make everything as similar as possible” … and his said, “Emphasize differences.”
The intersection of these two seemingly contradictory positions is still apparent on “Doubt,” as the song is an exploration of both repetition and variation. This emphasis on process is something Bowie had been dealing with since before the Berlin sessions, for instance in his use of the cut-up method of writing. However, the influence of Eno led to possibly one of the most fulfilling and fruitful periods of artistic creations in Bowie’s career. In spite of the seriousness and desolation of much of the work’s subject matter, there is even a sense of play in the collaboration of the two, as Eno refers to the back-and-forth development of the song as “a game.”
Similar to “Subterraneans” from Low, “Sense of Doubt” embodies the Cold War-era paranoia of the Berlin that Bowie called home. However, instead of the creation of a sonic landscape, “Doubt” is all of the feelings associated with the period given aural form. Instead of visualizing the anxious city, the song allows the listener to feel the anxiety itself. The true power of “Doubt” resides in its moments of silence and restraint. The quiet space between the ominous, descending piano parts and the eerie, almost hesitant synthesizers gives the listener a moment to their own feelings of escalating uneasiness. The piece is a example of the capacity for pure sound to suggest emotions that are beyond words.
Kaah - Vill Bara Leka Mer
Swedish indie band lets us in with their latest single (2013) after being silent for over 6 years. Just Want To Play More or Vill Bara Leka Mer in Swedish is a fun up-beat song, you don’t even have to know Swedish to enjoy the song. Might be a year old but still good.
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