My iPod #379: Pavement – Folk Jam

I like “Terror Twilight”. I like it a lot. It’s my favourite Pavement album – I don’t care what you think. The whole album has this airy, breezy production to it which acts as a great hangover cure, and generally the songs on there aren’t too shabby.

The album includes “Folk Jam”, a steady number where the band play over a groove that is established from the first hit of the crash cymbal. The track has a bit of a country/folky vibe to it, probably because of the appearance of a banjo that is played by one of the members. Stephen Malkmus also mentions the manner of his birth, bemoans his ancestry and states a fear of Irish folk tales. So you can probably tell that the song won’t necessarily mean anything just by looking at that. But at least Malkmus doesn’t lie, this is a tune about his folks and another type of folk that scares him. Pretty clever, didn’t really think about that until now.

There’s not much of a chorus or a change in dynamics; it may come off as a bit repetitive for a new listener. However, it doesn’t have ‘jam’ in the song’s title for no reason. But I’m just saying, if you get bored listening to the track (which you shouldn’t)…. what you see is what you get.


Author: Jamie Kyei Manteaw

An English student at Coventry University who spends most days listening to music (old and new) and reading and writing about it, however informal it may be. And studying too, obviously.

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