I’ve had a week to get to know the new Deftones record Koi No Yokan and in that time it has done what almost all other Deftones albums have done – it has opened up to me, blossomed into yet another ethereal beauty that quakes with 2 AM fuzz, aquatic shifts in tempo and a tone that is both haunting and beautiful. Lead singer Chino Moreno’s voice is a major part of that haunted quality, and it’s with that in mind that I’d like to open this discussion, because I would argue that Moreno’s voice is quite unlike anyone else’s in the annals of “heavy” music.
I don’t know too many musicians that have been in the game for as long as Tom Waits and are able to remain so consistently relevant and great. What’s more Waits constantly tweaks his boneyard orchestra sound to get something new out of it. This may not always fire on every cylinder for me personally – I can’t say that I love everything the man has put out over the years since Rain Dogs (one of my ten favorite records of all time) – there have been some moments where I felt Mr. Waits might have been repeating himself (specifically on 2006’s Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards) HOWEVER, I’m still kind of convinced this is a shortcoming of perception on MY part, not Mr. Waits and crews’.
I spent much of the week disconnected from the world at large and after a particularly rough Friday, June 1st I succombed to the medicine of sleep at an uncharacteristically early 8 PM and slept the deep, restorative sleep of the over-worked. When I awoke this morning I logged into the virtual world and toured around my usual sites in an attempt to see what I’d missed over the last several days. It was on one of my favorite of those sites – a marvelous blog entitled Heaven is an Incubator – where I came across the news that one of my all-time favorite bands, Ween, had called it quits.