Pigeonhed is the Seattle-based duo of Shawn Smith and Steve Fisk. They did three albums between 1993 and 1997 before calling it quits but recently teamed up again - good news, that. Smith’s trademark emotive vocals form the spiritual spine of this music - whether he’s in his earthly range or ratcheting up to inspired falsetto territory, his delivery feels urgent and authentic. Glorybound, from 1997’s The Full Sentence, is a striking synthesis of hiphop and soul which works within its own mysterious internal logic. The electro-saturated stutter-beat of the drum track pushes the song along with crazed purpose; oddly, it’s at once mournful and triumphantly sublime. Smith’s eerily soulful voice gives this otherwise faintly clinical-sounding song its emotional gravitas - that and the female vocal chorus which vibrantly reinforces the song. The original studio version below is searing in its brilliance; pull a Youtube search for a great live version from 2010 - slower with subtly different melodic phrasing but offering a compelling alchemy nonetheless.
Posted by Max MacDonald