Song of the Day, May 26: The Rhythm of the Heat by Peter Gabriel

GabrielRhythmToday’s song is the opening track from Peter Gabriel’s brilliant fourth album, dubbed Security by his US label. It’s a perfect start to the disc, showcasing the singer’s growing interest in sounds from around the world. The track was inspired by the work of psychoanalyst Carl Jung, whose experiences in East Africa in the 1920s helped shape his work. Building on observations Jung made after watching African drummers, Gabriel crafts a powerful portrait of traditional art. He mixes his vocals low, allowing the dance troupe that features on the track to be as significant as the lyrics. The overall effect is a compelling blend of the modern with the traditional. Gabriel carefully builds the tension as the drums become more dominant, concluding with an almost ecstatic burst of drumming that brings perfect closure to the ceremonial feel of the proceedings.

Enjoy this wonderful song today.

About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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