Thursday 7 March 2019

New Music: Angie McMahon - Pasta

Well, this is very good isn’t it?

It’s a song called Pasta from a forthcoming album called Salt. I’m secretly hoping that the rest of the album will contain other food-based song titles that will, when combined, make a delicious recipe.

Angie McMahon is the sort of artist that people who argue that music is only worth listening to if it’s ‘authentic’ and ‘honest’ and ‘real’ will like a lot. I really don’t care for any of those things. It's so limiting to your enjoyment of all types of music but is also an argument often built on a lie. Anyone that has watched Bruce Springsteen’s On Broadway will understand. After all Springsteen is one of those artists that people attribute all of those qualities to with regularity and yet there he was on stage revealing how so much of what he does is fraud. He is after all a man who sings songs of the workers in the factories. “I’ve never seen the inside of a factory, and yet it’s all I’ve ever written about,” he tells the audience. “I’ve never worked 9 to 5. I’ve never worked 5 days a week.”

But I digress. This isn’t a post about Springsteen – although ironically Angie McMahon names him as an inspiration alongside the likes of Lianne La Havas, Big Thief and Tom Waits. This is a post about Pasta.

Watch the video below which essentially finds Angie doing nothing. OK, this probably doesn’t sound like the most inspiring concept for a video, but it weirdly works and gives you plenty of time to focus on Angie’s wonderful low-range vocal delivery and raw guitars that eventually let loose, just as you think the song is going to drift towards a finish. This is strong.

Angie McMahon - Pasta

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