“Loveless Love” – The Feelies

From the 1980 album “Crazy Rhythms” (and if that’s not an accurate title, I don’t know what is). The Feelies play faster than almost anyone (including hardcore and speedcore bands), but with very little distortion. Very clean guitar lines, muted but still powerful percussion. The experience of this song is a lot like that “friend” who used to stand in front of you, put their hands together, tell you are travelling down a road at night, pulling their hands apart more and more rapidly, and then knocking you in the head and saying “Tree!” The difference with the Feelies is that there is no tree. A lot of insane buildup and perversely, no climax, or a very muted climax at best.

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