My iPod #471: Klaxons – Gravity’s Rainbow

Pre-album version

Album version

“Gravity’s Rainbow” was Klaxons’ first ever single released in early 2006. After the arrival of their debut album in January of the following year the song was released again; not as the rough version that I had become much acquainted with by that point but as the version that appears on Myths of the Near Future, with an updated video and everything.

Taking its name from a Thomas Pynchon novel, the track is a love song but with some sort of space/time travelling twist put on it. The lyrics sound as if they are randomly put together, though filled with many references concerning exotic locations, time, and mythical characters which all lead to the uplifting and inviting chorus you’ll be able to decipher just what the song’s going on about after a few listens. Led by dainty piano riffs mixed with warping guitar fills “Gravity’s Rainbow” sounds like a dangerous ride with the space-time continuum. A thrilling ride, but one that assures you that everything will be alright in the end.

One other thing, the title isn’t actually sung in the lyrics. It is, however, in one of the verses of “Atlantis to Interzone“. Take from that what you want.

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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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