Radiohead - In Rainbows

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maybe the band is thinking of it as being syncopated as they play it but just listening to the album version it's hard to hear it that way

na (NA), Monday, 7 August 2017 21:03 (two years ago) link

i just skimmed that video...
maybe the band is thinking of it as being syncopated as they play it but just listening to the album version it's hard to hear it that way

yeah, near the end of the video they finally make clear that they're talking about the syncopation in the live version in the song, and that the album version's lack of a backbeat takes away the syncopation, even though there are still traces of to be heard (like in the metronome you mentioned, and also just the phrasing of the vocals imo)

Karl Malone, Monday, 7 August 2017 21:20 (two years ago) link

"In Rainbows Turns 10" cash-in headlines should be arriving in a few short weeks. Does life get any better?

billstevejim, Monday, 7 August 2017 21:25 (two years ago) link

I'm listening to the "Live from the Basement" version on Youtube and the piano is establishing a straight beat along with the kick drum, with syncopated flourishes popping up here and there in the accompanying percussion.

this iphone speaks many languages (DJP), Monday, 7 August 2017 21:43 (two years ago) link

maybe it's kind of like an easter egg, from a listening perspective I'm not sure what it adds

I'm surprised Thom rates it so highly, I'd take that and bodysnatchers off In Rainbows if I were sequencing it

niels, Monday, 7 August 2017 21:57 (two years ago) link

I agree. But on this version, there's a pretty clear drum beat that puts the piano/vocals a 1/6th note ahead of each quarter note: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isETL6R7x2w

Maybe by the time of the Basement version they decided to stop being so hard on themselves and just play it the way everyone else hears it. Or maybe they didn't want to explain to Clive that "no, actually..."

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 7 August 2017 22:00 (two years ago) link

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change display name (Jordan), Monday, 7 August 2017 22:00 (two years ago) link


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