Songs You May Have Missed #251

Lake: “Chasing Colours” (1976)

The German band Lake sounded like a combination of 70’s West Coast pop, Little River Band and Supertramp, with just a touch of British Prog.

Japanese film director Yasujiro Ozu is known for his “pillow shots”–transitional shots of scenery or random details that give the viewer a moment for reflection. Lake used what I’d call “pillow notes”, an extra bar or two of music that helped to “frame” a song. Listen for them here in the middle and end of the chorus.

It’s an interesting characteristic of this band, the presence of these little “unnecessary” notes. And it’s what I believe causes people to attribute a subtle progressive rock element to them.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Zack Cyphers
    Nov 22, 2012 @ 04:33:58

    Cool! I like that you compared a film technique to music. Very cool! Now that I think about it, a lot of prog artists probably do this.


    • Ed Cyphers
      Nov 22, 2012 @ 09:19:11

      Yeah, but with full-on Prog bands I think its more like pillow solos or pillow jams. Pink Floyd should package some of their albums in a pillowcase.


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