Song: The Suffering Machine
Artist: Buck 65
Here's an aural offering that’ll stick to your psyche. A spare, haunting acoustic guitar riff carries the tune; the production is lucid and resonates with a spectral, eldritch feel. Nova Scotian Rich Terfry, otherwise known as Buck 65, has been described as an “alt rapper,” but he’s much more than that term would suggest. Terfry is indeed a rapper, though this particular song doesn't have your typical rap energy or aggressive delivery. Terfry pens vividly incisive lyrics and has his own methods of improvisation. In other words, he’s an artist with integrity, routinely coming up with inventive, cleverly original material.
This sparse song comes from his 2005 album Secret House Against the World. You may be forgiven if you find the lyrics almost unbearably bleak; certainly I do. Its saving grace is the overall package: the music in combination with those same words and the pictures they paint. Supporting female vocals liltingly soften the harsh angst of those visions, lending the song a more sumptuous and expansively cinematic touch. It feels like the soundtrack to one of those indie Canuck movies where strange characters find themselves enmeshed in even stranger worlds of dark intrigue and stalking menace.
Terfry also has a pretty cool radio show on CBC 2 - definitely worth checking out.
Posted by Max MacDonald