4/27/2012

pink noise

(meadham kirchhoff for topshop dress from ebay, chloe sevs x oc paisley tights, dries van noten shoes)

I'm not really sure where to even begin with Loveless, and why I love it, and why it means so much to me. Perhaps I am not skilled enough with words. I'm certainly willing to admit that.

I was 19 when I heard it for the first time. The memory of my very first encounter with it is indelibly etched upon my brain, a moment so crystal clear it is as if it just happened, despite the fact that at the time I was very high. My dear friend Annie put on "I Only Said". She'd been telling me for some time that I needed to listen to Loveless. Her head slumped into her arms on our kitchen table and she mumbled "this album is too good, it's too good...". And I did not understand it. Those crashing guitars, waves of dissonance, whispery lyrics about oral sex, I really wasn't in the cognitive place to truly get it. It was only a few months later when I was home alone, on a rainy day, when it finally clicked within me.

Loveless is transcendental. It is music that is not of this world. It eschews banal pop sensibilities in favor of enveloping your senses in sound - in a noise so tangible that it feels like something you could reach and caress, or be caressed by, really, both at the same time. It holds you. It is music that shimmers and rainbows, it turns these optical notions in actual sounds. It exists within its own place and its own time. Indeed, this is why numerous copycat bands have never quite mastered Loveless' brilliance: it creates it own pink world that is completely impossible to replicate.

I'd been looking for a Loveless-y dress for a very long time, and eBay presented me with this piece from Meadham Kirchhoff's second Topshop line. I do not know if they were inspired by Loveless when they designed this dress but to me, the resemblance was startlingly accurate. This dress captures everything I love and feel and believe about Loveless; its brashness, its torrent of pink noise, its assail of reverb and perhaps most importantly, its underlying intangibility. This feeling that no matter how hard your brain attempt to organize this music, you will never quite be able to. You aren't meant to. To love Loveless is to let go.

8 comments:

Ria said...

This post is too good. Music wise, word wise and outfit wise. Gotta put on My Bloody Valentine now. <3

ALCOHOLS said...

I love that album too. Though it has taken a few years pause to actually realise how great it is, i remember trying to listen to it when I was younger and I didnt like the music at all. Its one of those albums you need to be in a certain part of your life to fully appreciate, I think. Unbelievable how this dress translates the music. x

caitlin said...

love that dress - talk about a great ebay score.

Lydia said...

LOOOOOOOOVE this look. You look great in pink.

Meagan said...

i love this dress. and these pictures. and mostly everything in general.

Magnet said...

I love how well all the images in this post go with the words you wrote. You're so skilled at finding awesome things on ebay.

Isabel said...

You are my soul sister. This album articulates my feelings in a way words cannot.

Mat said...

best give it some more listens