There’s a strange air of sadness surrounding “Sandy” by Allah-Las. Theres poignancy behind its words “Time flies when you’re having fun”, the great irony being that on the surface world, these words are false and time is an rushing river, not bending for the will of man. These words are spoken to convey a desire to slow down time or put off obligations, responsibilities or parting for a little more time spent having fun.
“Sandy” doesn’t achieve poignancy through an overly-slow tempo or through mournful piano medleys, but by the self-assured rhythm of its low-key movements and its simplistically poetic lyrics. Where many songs reach an emotional climax by artificial means such as notable silence, sweeping melodies or small, tinkling staccato notes, these feel like emotional manipulation in comparison to Allah-Las’s use of, say, let’s call it ‘musical honesty’. A refusal to indulge in the more conventional means of gaining and retaining a viewer’s attention for a display of pure music.
Moments come and go during “Sandy”, never once demanding attention or drawing focus away from its perfectly crafted composition. These are not lyrics or guitar strums that will grab the listener by the lapel and scream for their tears. Rather, this song comes and goes like a shy, beautiful woman whose presence is compelling unto itself and even more memorable for its brevity.
A woman who comes and goes, quickly, almost unnoticably quickly, come to think of it. Beautiful eyes. Composition. Comes and goes and leaves something behind in her wake.
I’ve had a strange week.
Well I highly recommend Allah Las’s self-titled album. It’s not bombastic or energetic, but when tired ears come home from work and desire something that wishes nothing but the listener’s enjoyment, rather than for them to be impressed or moved, then Allah-Las will be waiting. Hopefully not waiting for too long, but…