This number from California’s Norse Horse seems way too sun-baked and lackadaisical for a title like “Meat Whale”, but who knows? Every time I think I have it figured out, Ryan Beal throws in a new monkey-wrench. What begins with a dubby bongo loop blossoms into a swirling pop fantasia when the guitar and vocals and bass kick in. Whether there’s one person singing here or a raft full of crooners is your guess as well as mine; either way, with all the twists and turns and subtle harmonic changes we hear on this one, the “lost at sea” metaphor feels pretty apt. The blistering guitar swell at the three minute mark surprises us like a port city rising up in the distance. Or is it the sudden recognition that we kind of enjoy this sensation of endless floating?
Norse Horse, “Meat Whale”
Words: Emilie Friedlander