I think it’s dark and it looks like rain, you said
And the wind is blowing like it’s the end of the world, you said
And it’s so cold it’s like the cold if you were dead.
And then you smiled
for a second
A plainsong is a body of chants used in the Catholic liturgies, consisting in a single, unaccompanied melodic line. This song is from Disintegration, their 8th album, released in 1989: due to the gloomy and aching atmosphere (great use of hallucinogetic drugs was helping that), the label thought it was going to be their commercial suicide; instead, it became Roberth Smith & Co. commercial peak.
Plainsong is the opening of the album, an introspective, slow travel; surely not the most famous song in the album, where we can find classics as Lovesong, Pictures of you or Lullaby, but it is a very peculiar song, orchestral, melancholic, almost religious in its thoughts about time passing by - but then, a moment has been saved: that smile.
Here you can listen to Lovesong, one of the most beautiful songs in music history.
November 3rd, 2011