March 15, 2010

"When the Night Comes"

Three things I like about Dan Auerbach's first solo album, Keep It Hid:

From Wikipedia:

1. Auerbach's debut solo album Keep It Hid was released February 10, 2009 on Nonesuch Records. The album was recorded in Auerbach's Akron Analog studio using mainly analog and vintage equipment.

2. In a technique similar to many early blues players, Auerbach often uses a fingerpick on his index finger along with his thumb to play chords (that's how I play). Dan has declared a preference for vacuum-tube amplifiers over solid-state amps.

3. The song "When the Night Comes" - there are a couple of sustained notes within the chord progression that create a sense of longing, yearning. Additionally, Auerbach's haunting vocal (drenched in analog echo) sends shivers up the spine. The keyboard gives the whole thing a spectral layer of melancholy I can't resist.


When the night comes
And you lay your weary head to rest
No more trials, no tests
When the night comes

When the night comes
You dont have to be afraid
Of any choice you made
When the night comes

Dont be afraid
Youre only dreaming…

When the night comes
The headlines read
Whatevers in your dreams
When the night comes

When the night comes
And you lay by the one you love
The one who knows you and the things you do
When the night comes

Dont be afraid
Youre only dreaming…

When the night comes…



2 comments:

Claudia said...

Awe,
What a pretty song. Suddenly I am not so cranky...wistful sounds about right,don't know what I am wistful for though. But at least not cranky on this rather difficult Monday,and that is big, very big.
Thank you

Chris said...

Claudia-

When the night comes - maybe you'll get some sleep!