Societal-stagnation inspired trip-hop … entrancing and beautiful.
The juxtaposition of Hear Me’s subject matter and its end result is astonishing. Written by Malawi-born Esau Mwamwaya as a response to the political and social quagmire, Hear Me actually lifts you up rather than drags you down with its lush atmosphere and hushed tones.
Along with the other half of The Very Best, producer Johan Hugo, the track features a Malawi church choir (singing on a nearby beach from where the song was recorded) and bass from Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio (from when they returned to London). The video, directed by Johan Hugo, is a perfect accompaniment to the song – a time-lapse capture of the village where the song was written and recorded.
Star System: Out of 5.
5★ Instant classic. Stop reading, buy it, go listen.
4★ Really good. Worth the money.
3★ Solid. It’s going to be played on the radio possibly. It’s OK.
2★ Oh dear. This didn’t work out how they wanted it to, did it?
1★ MY EARS ARE BLEEDING! What has been heard cannot be unheard!
If I can’t make up my mind I’ll slip in a ½★. Because I can.