The Cure – The Hanging Garden

A recording that has kept making its way into the back of my mind over the last several months has been The Cure’s The Hanging Garden.  It is both atmospheric and exciting.  Driving bass and a great receptive drum part create a giant foundation for the song, while other things come in and out of the mix.  It sounds insane, while at the same time being a piece of work that is clearly done by people that know how to use the studio as an instrument itself.  It is such an interesting and unique piece of work.  Even The Cure, who came close with excellent songs like Burn and Bloodflowers, never did anything quite like it.  The whole record it is off of, Pornography, is a dark masterpiece, but The Hanging Garden is extremely accessible, despite the menace of the piece, in a way that some of the rest of the record is not.  Unlike a lot of indie music there is a bigness to this song.  Yet, unlike a lot of rock there is a true strangeness as well.  It’s emerged over the last year as one of my favorite recordings.  Check it out.  Hopefully it will inspire you to dive deeper.

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