WHERE DOES YER GO NOW? by Gorky's Zygotic Mynci.
Most people enjoy living in the past from time to time. In myself, though, I've noticed an apparent paradox. Many times I've experienced feelings of nostalgia that seem to be magnified, not diminished, when paired with a sense that I am being emotionally manipulated.
I don't know why this is, how to explain it, or even if it's a true observation. Perhaps because nostalgia can be so potent, one needs a subconscious parallel assurance that nothing is really at stake. Whatever. I will only say that it makes sense to me that someone who loves amusement parks—with their artificial spaces for childhood fantasy and simulated danger—should love this song.
The manipulations in Where Does Yer Go Now? are so expert. From the creepy banjo, to the swooping electro-theremin (or is that a musical saw? it's actually a pedal steel played with an E-bow) to the brilliantly-arranged vocal harmonies to the way the strings double up the climax, this song demands to wallowed in.
Where Does Yer Go Now? is the first track off 2001's excellent How I Long To Feel That Summer In My Heart, Gorky's penultimate album before breaking up this year.
Photo: Long trip home.