Just a quick post for the evening … This one comes blistering out of the guitar-washed gate from psychedelic shoegazers 93MillionMilesFromTheSun. The track’s titled “The Times We Have Are Now,” and it’s an epic white noise celebration for living in the moment.
I’ve always been drawn to this song, ever since the British trio first introduced it back in 2008. The title alone sells me on its merits. Think of it as a sonic meditation for existing in the present, with time’s only relevance being the hear and now. Add in the requisite reverb, and you’ve got a carpe diem for the fuzzed and furious feedback generation.
Make no mistake. “The Times We Have Are Now” is a genuine wall of sound anthem. At eleven and half minutes, it’s filled with mesmerizing monolithic melodies of piercing guitars, buried whispers of vocal cascades, and mirrored layers of hypnotic reverberation. It rolls at a measured pace, not quite a slow burn, nor a manic blast of beats. And it’s definitely loud.
93MillionMilesFromTheSun’s “The Times We Have Are Now” boils down to a true listening experience. From beginning to end, it delivers on its title, offering an aural meditation on the present moment. And in this day and age, I’d say that’s a message particularly relevant, with or without the wall of sound.
“The Times We Have Are Now” has since been remastered and reworked in a massive 26 song compilation of the band’s efforts, titled “White Noise Revisited 2007 / 2013.” It was released in 2013, but this first embed is from the original 2008 release. I prefer the original to the newer version. It’s just a little rougher around the edges, giving it a bit more urgency and intensity. Plus, it’s the one I’ve been listening to for the past decade. Unfortunately, the original isn’t available on Spotify, so YouTube will have to do.
But the 2013 version is still well worth your time. It’s got all the same fixin’s. It’s just a cleaner, slicker version. Plus, it’s available on Spotify. Enjoy!
“The Times We Have Are Now (2013 version)” from the 2013 album “White Noise Revisited 2007 / 2013.”