The Fall vs. Whatever It Is That Is Encroaching

by Hayden Childs

Best of all is to be idle,
And especially on a Thursday,
And to sip wine while studying the light:
The way it ages, yellows, turns ashen
And then hesitates forever
On the threshold of the night
That could be bringing the first frost.

– Charles Simic

“They are always different; they are always the same” was how the legendary DJ John Peel described The Fall, and he would know. I agree with John Peel (and who wouldn’t), but one who listens through the whole discography, as I did recently, will hear that there is a definite trajectory to their sound. It’s significant that the first Fall single was the song “Repetition,” which stated “we’ve repetition in the music, and we’re never going to lose it.”

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