End of the year playlist #12- Parts & Labor- Nowheres Nigh

December 16th, 2008

Buried beneath the distortion and guitar textures is a gem of a song. Remember how I can’t get into some of the excesses of freak rock? Same thing for noise rock (have you heard the latest incarnation of The Smashing Pumpkins? Yeesh). But like Dodos, Parts & Labor understand the importance of a melody. “Nowheres Nigh” is an anthem in the best sense of the term. It’s not as obtuse as some other recent Parts & Labor tracks, playing a bit like a jacked-up version of R.E.M. I almost wish Michael Stipe would scrape away all the distortion and noise and do his thing on this song — but the good news is this is a great song, easy enough to enjoy on its own terms.

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