Here are some good songs. “Apache” by The Shadows. “Telstar” by The Tornadoes. “Green Onions” by Booker T & The MGs. “Let’s Go Away For A While” by The Beach Boys. “Albatross” by Fleetwood Mac”, “Flying” by The Beatles. “Jessica” by The Allman Brothers. “One Of These Days” by Pink Floyd. “Speed Of Life” by David Bowie.
What is the point of an instrumental song? Could The Beatles really not have thought up some words to sing across the music of “Flying”? The sequence in “Magical Mystery Tour” that accompanied this song is, in fact, one of the more memorable moments of cinematography in the misunderstood muddle that was such a flop on Boxing Day in 1967. Psychedelic abstract aerial images set to a rock beat created a good interlude in the film. It’s mood music and I would argue that a good instrumental allows us to wallow in the mood created by the sounds without being distracted by lyrics.
Craven Faults is the name of a mysterious musician who released a full length album in January 2020, “Erratics And Uncomformities” and this three track EP, released nine months later. The three songs last 36 minutes and are all instrumentals. He records all his music in a disused textile mill in Yorkshire.
“The Craven Faults” is a name given to a fault line in the surface of the Penines, situated near Leck in Lancashire. The music that Craven Faults creates is deliberately composed to signify and accompany a walk across this dramatic landscape. The notes that have been released alongside the music refer to a rendezvous on a moor on a Saturday night which takes place near some mushroom shaped rocks. There’s a consideration of how human “progress” has affected the landscape.
I’m reminded of listening to Sides Two of “Low” and “Heroes” whilst driving on the M6 through Coventry with all the road lights on, the city lit up and the road deserted. Music to accompany the film scenes that we create when driving through an alien landscape.
“Enclosures” is trance music. Repeated and insistent synthesiser riffs ripple across the speakers as small shifts of accentuation provide a slowly shifting set of mental images. The music is never dull but is very repetitive. This is music to play on your headphones whilst walking along a deserted footpath, not driving along a deserted motorway. The scenes change slowly – never a dramatic shift of tone but after several minutes, a completely new sound emerges. Just like going on a walk along the Penines. Or so I’ve been told.
This is not the sort of music I normally like. There are no strong vocals. No great guitar or trumpet solos. No interesting lyrics to pore over. No short snappy memorable melodies. Despite all of this, I love it and I think I will return to it over and over again.