One of the most interesting tracks of the Year
Left field. Really interesting song. Linnell really utilises the band on the arrangements and you have to take your hats off to everyone really pulling out a group performance. The drums (especially) and lead guitar are great and Flans singing is effective. It's really quite a full on and relentless arrangement to go with the subject matter of someone seeing patterns when none are there.
With its Jazz element structure the only problem is that it's not an easy listen. This is more my problem than the songs. I find as I get older that lots of heavier stuff I used to love listening too I find hard going and I am more captivated by melody than I used to be. Stuff like this, and some of Radiohead's more recent output is too much for my senses most of the time! (I used to love Tom Waits but these days I can only manage his more "straight" melodious songs) I have to say though that although this is not quite my cup of tea I can appreciate it. If that makes any sense. (Mr Tuck)
It's almost like an entire second pass at writing Mountain Flowers, both thematically and stylistically, and I think it's far more effective! I've said before that the Johns, Linnell especially, appear to be revisiting old subjects (and even old passages of music, intentionally or otherwise) as if to refine them. The output has been consistently solid, and I like the veneer of transparency in them releasing multiple songs on the same (because who knows how many are on the cutting room floor!) -j2
How can Linnell keep coming up with this stuff? It's just nuts! Several weeks after this song's release, I can honestly say that it's likely among my favorites of the whole year (and we've had some really good stuff this year!). At first, I too had trouble connecting with it, picking up on exactly what was happening. But with repeated listens the subtle hook was worming its way into my subconscious. Don't worry, I'm not seeing words spelled out in street lights, but I have seen the light on this song! --MisterMe (talk) 11:33, 14 December 2015 (EST)
On the nose
The title of this song got me pondering all that is wrong about naming a work of art after a specific psychiatric condition & the fact that Woody Allen dropped his working title - Anhedonia - for the film that became Annie Hall. Then I was going through TMBG'S official blog/tumblr, which has a lot of instances of a particular gag - a TMBG song presented as the cover of a 1940's cheapo pulp novel, artfully aged, with the song title as the book title and blurbs taken from the lyrics. Well, a variant of that gag was used for this song - a repurposed poster of the film Annie Hall, with APOPHENIA in place of the film title. Clever boys, eh? --Nehushtan (talk) 22:48, 30 September 2019 (EDT)
- TMBG themselves don't have anything to do with those--it's this particular Tumblr user who makes them and then submits them to the official Tumblr. I can't really explain why they started sharing fan-created memes and stuff on tmbg.com itself, but it's something they've been doing quite a bit for awhile now. --Self Called Nowhere (talk) 00:33, 1 October 2019 (EDT)