Intentional Listening: This Magnificent Bird Will Rise by Deerhoof
Beauty out of dissonance
Deerhoof, This Magnificent Bird Will Rise
From Reveille, 2002
Today’s intentional listening lesson is going to be something of the polar opposite of the last one. Where “Kanga Roo” by Big Star is a lesson in the power of dissonance inside something beautiful and melodic, this song, “The Magnificent Bird Will Rise” by Deerhoof, manages to create a thing of real beauty inside a buzzsaw of dissonance.
But first, let’s listen.
As before, I invite you to sit somewhere comfortable either wearing headphones or in front of good speakers. Preferably you’re not listening to this on your phone or your laptop speakers; for this exercise to *really work* it requires some patience on your part, to set aside what you are doing and devote the next three and a half minutes to listening to this song in the most advantageous environment possible.
Good to go? All right, press play: