This is one of the saddest things I have ever seen.
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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Cure – “A Forest”
A Forest (At Night – Pré Version 1979).
While the Cure have had many more well-known hits, if there’s such a thing as an ultimate, no-question-about-it Cure song of Cure songs, this is it.
Regularly transformed by the band live into a massive, epic-length monster — some versions have been known to last anywhere up to 20 minutes — in its original studio form “A Forest” is and remains a surprisingly spare song, suggesting rather than directly producing its astonishing overall effect.
Starting with a low, steady four-note synth hook from Matthieu Hartley, Robert Smith then adds an equally stripped-down guitar line, with slight variations popping up when bassist Simon Gallup adds a brief quote. Lol Tolhurst’s reverse-echoed drums then set the nervous, uncertain pace for the remainder of the song, while Smith quietly lays down a series of chugging, psych-via-surf rock guitar melodies that would swiftly become the group’s overall trademark.
The overall performance is remarkably straightforward and unassuming, making it remarkably catchy and artistic angst — a feeling intensified by Smith’s lyrical portrait of a futile pursuit of romantic obsession. After the last verse, Smith fully lets loose with a spiralling series of notes that brings the song to a climax along with Gallup’s ominous two-note bass conclusion, repeating itself down to one ultimate echoed flourish.