Endless Loop: The Albatross

elfpowerHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.

“The Albatross” by Elf Power

In 2000, somehow, someway, neo-psychedelic indie rock band Elf Power managed to record a song that heralds the arrival of the end of everything more effectively than a thousand doom metal bands.  How they did it is beyond me, but “The Albatross,” the epic and thundering closing track from the band’s The Winter Is Coming is my go-to for that sort of thing, a hallmark of doom-laden guitar rock.

Beginning with a bubbling up of heavily distorted and menacing guitar fuzz, the song sounds like an awakening golem, guitar riffs and drums chugging forward, then progressing into a thick and swampy trudge, stars falling from the sky, the allegorical sea bird of the title following slowly at a distance behind, an ever-present omen.  The noise and feedback increase, static hum and shaking, quivering amplifiers, the sound of encroaching dread and cursed fortunes, before it all fades into one long and extending ominous tone, the wind picking up and blowing all of the ashes away forever.

Scorched earth.  Charred remains.  And then…poof…it’s all gone.


Thomas H Williams

Thomas H Williams

From a bunker somewhere in Central Texas, Thomas H. Williams spends most of his time with his wife, his two sons, and his increasingly neurotic dog. He listens to a lot of music, drinks a lot of excellent beers, and gets out from time to time. For even more shenanigans, visit heavenisanincubator.blogspot.com.

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