Sometimes I listen to songs and just sort of gaze off into the distance, wondering how they were made.
Un Jour Avec Yusef is one of those songs.
I’m almost certain that it was a lot more simple to make this song than I’m imagining, bit in my febrile mind at least, there was many hours of careful sonic tweaking, corralling of obscure musicians and overdubbing of unusual sounds to create this most verdant sounding song.
It’s probably just one person and a keyboard, of course.
Either way, this song blindsided me and is damn gorgeous: sparse enough to get a grip on and lush enough to get lost in. There’s jazzy flute in it! There’s tubular bells in it! There’s watery ‘plop’ sounds in it!
Wonderful. A real unexpected treat.