Another OQM Playlist from quarantine. This week Nick Triani considers the new normal and Neil Young's attempts at being a team player.
Should we stay in or should we go out? After five weeks of isolation it feels like we’re close to sodding the consequences – normality must resume. But this is the new normal, remember? Face masks will become your new fashion accessory. Hand shakes and hugs a thing of the past. I do wonder how they’ll celebrate goals once football returns? A Macca thumbs up may suffice.
One of the surrealist things this past week is the overwhelming response to Fiona Apple‘s brilliant new album. Who’d have thought artistic music could be so potent (doh!) On the playlist Neil Young again demonstrates his ‘The Loner’ credentials. Young’s contributions to the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Deja Vu album stick out for being far superior to anyone else’s and eschewing the hippy ideology/sentiment that blights much of that album. Confirming his non-team player status, ‘Country Girl’ features much unfinished music from his underrated debut album – which was basically a collaboration with the sometimes crazy and wild, right hand of Phil Spector – Jack Nitzsche.
Nitzsche and Young joined up initially during Buffalo Springfield days and built a relationship of bringing the grandest and most beautiful music to the Canadian’s catalog. For me, the Nitzsche/Young axis created otherworldly sounds and cosmic arrangements that appear fleetingly over a period of many years – like a meeting of enhanced musical minds that were never fully realised. A shame there isn’t more of it.
Nick Triani is an editor and contributor to One Quart Magazine.