The string and vocal arrangements bring to mind Disney at its sweetest, or Van Dyke Parks at his straightest.
And now I’ve found this, and I’m more than happy. For this is how I remember Olympia, WA. Ask any of my old friends. Magical.
Nobody gives a fuck if you played the song right.
Frankly, though, The Smile Sessions? It is an utter bore.
Is there anything that comes close to being a younger Van Dyke Parks working in popular music in the modern age?
Helplessness Blues is 50 minutes of laments for one’s self in the face of shifting uncertainty, framed in endless soothing harmonies, an opiate of sighs.