Pavement: 5-4=Unity

I'm something of an uncultured swine when it comes to jazz, so weird little Pavement songs are about as close as I get to the real stuff. That being said, "5-4=Unity" is just tops for a swine like me, and maybe you'll dig it too.


Off Pavements god damn masterpiece Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, "5-4=Unity" is sort of an off-kilter little jam even by Pavement's weird standards. With a strange but also strangely natural rhythm to its main hook (three measures of 5/4 and then one measure of 6/8 (or 3/4?) I think? Does that fit into something bigger? Music nerds, halp), it's easy to groove along to. And, of course, it will remind you of Dave Brubeck's "Take Five" because everything in 5/4 will remind you of Dave Brubeck's "Take Five."

And if you want to turn up the weirdness just one notch, there's also a version with bizarre vocals off Pavement's god damn masterpiece: redux Crooked Rain Crooked Rain: LA's Desert Origins. It goes a little something like this:

So I hope you've enjoyed your time here in the fake jazz corner, have a snazzy night. [Spotify, Amazon, iTunes]


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