Frenetic Times

Artist: Curved Air
Song: Over and Above
Album: Phantasmagoria
Mood: Perpetual Motion

Let’s face it, we live in a fast-paced, chaotic world. I know that’s not exactly a stunning insight, but it’s undeniably true. The advent of new technology that is introduced seemingly on a daily basis, coupled with the constant streams of data we are forced to follow in order to keep up has left us inundated with information; in spite of this, we feel more disconnected than ever before. Every day, we’re forced to dissect and analyze an obscene amount of new developments in the world around us, leaving us with precious little time to focus on ourselves (lest we end up in the dark). Fortunately for us all, there’s a song that perfectly captures the essence of our chaotic surroundings: Curved Air’s “Over and Above.”

Curved Air is a British prog-rock band that first gained prominence in the late 1960′s and early 1970′s; however, “Over and Above” sounds as though it were created within the last decade. The song is almost classical in arrangement, but there are also elements of jazz present in the drum patterns and in the frenetic tempo of the song; on top of that, the song takes a free-form, almost meandering approach. It vaguely reminds me of the kind of songs studios used to use as background music in 70′s movies, but with a lot more depth. It’s the perfect tune for the days when there’s so much on your plate that you can barely process it, and I can’t recommend this song enough. Even in times of chaos, a soundtrack never hurts.

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