On record, Phosphorescent's "At Death, A Proclamation" is under two minutes long—a blunt military drumroll drives it forward until it ends abruptly. You want it to go on, but you also don't know where else it could go. It's frugal songwriting, but its also fitting. This live version doubles its length, culminating in the sort of risky freakout that, done wrong, could completely alter the controlled misery of the original. Luckily it works as its own thing.
April 09, 2010