THE BROKEN ORCHESTRA: Someone just pressed pause

When historians look back on 2020, one thing will stand out. An overwhelming, quite catastrophic event that would fundamentally change our lives. I’m talking, of course, about covid-19.

There must have been billions of words written and millions of hours of footage filmed about this dreadful phenomenon. Hell, I even wrote a piece for Management Today (yup) on it. So, no more on ‘rona.

Instead, I want to talk about the one definitive piece of music that captured the moment like no other. In Musical Advent terms, it’s a bit of a cheat (or is it – who makes the rules?) in the sense that it’s a single, not an album. But, such was the brilliance of this track, it was impossible to ignore.

You can read my full review on it here. For now, let’s just say that Someone Just Pressed Pause is, quite simply, a work of art that perfectly summarises and encapsulates these times like no other. It is a beautifully ambient soundscape, led by a looping Rhodes piano and accompanied by TinB’s calming words, synergistically floating over the top. It is hypnotic, transporting you to another, better, place. You feel reassured. Everything will be alright.

Someone Just Pressed Pause is just under seven minutes of magic. That’s why it’s on this year’s Musical Advent.

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