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Great Northern: Coiled Energy, Unleashed

Great Northern: Coiled Energy, Unleashed

Houses

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If there's a single word that can sum up Great Northern's "Houses," it's probably "urgency." From start to finish, the song is shot through with a sense that it can't reach its destination quickly enough, beginning with the inexorable thumping of the kick drum and chords that spin around in a disorienting swirl. By the time singer Rachel Stolte joins in, she's pushing the words out of her throat just a little faster than would be necessary for her voice to soothe the way it seems it should.

Thursday's Pick

  • Song: "Houses"
  • Artist: Great Northern
  • CD: Remind Me Where the Light Is
  • Genre: Pop-Rock

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If there's a single word that can sum up Great Northern's "Houses," it's probably "urgency."

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Then, with seemingly nowhere for the built-up tension to go, comes the chorus, which pours out like a dam bursting. The sound rushes out in a torrent, but even that's not enough to dissipate all the coiled energy. So Great Northern returns, back to where it started but not quite the same as it was at the outset. Meanwhile, the kick drum just keeps thumping away with its inertia unabated, and the song presses on.

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Album
Remind Me Where the Light Is
Artist
Great Northern
Label
Sio
Released
2009

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