The battle for song of the year just took an unexpected turn
There is only one word for the latest edition in Activia Benz’ ilovesingles.club. Beautiful. Usually songs that make up this singles club are generally fast paced, galloping breakbeats, huge basslines and a cheeky wink for the ladies. Rick Eat Acid’s submission is none of these. It’s laid back, melodic and utterly breath-taking.
Opening with a chiming disjointed xylophone sounding sample, then a mournful violin kicks in, until a demented music box peals away until the proceedings are interrupted by a beat that rolls, glitches and jumps until it is sliced in two by a string loop. The outro mimics the intro with the string loop finally petering out, leaving us with thoughts of “What the hell just happened? I can’t remember what other music sounds like now”.
This is no exaggeration, but this could very well be the song of the year. I am hard pushed to find another song that has moved and entertained me as much as Carnival of Souls has. The only downside to it, is that this isn’t part of a larger body of work. If this was a lead single, the subsequent album would be immense, and a contender for album of the year, but as it stands all we have is this four and a half minute slice of sheer perfection. And the nagging feeling that music might not get this good again for a while.