Govindam – Flo Morissey and Matthew E. White

The repetitious nature of Flo Morrissey and Matthew E. White’s “Govindam” creates a more enhanced trance-like ambiance than George Harrison’s original. The minimalist use of instrumentation – limited mostly to vocals, drums, and a bell – gives the song a tone of mystic tension, resulting in the perception that one is listening to more of a religious chant than a song. There is an air of serious spiritual passion that diverges from the somewhat warmer tone of the original. The song relies on a complex offbeat drum pattern that focuses primarily on the ride and toms, successfully mixing both darker and lighter tones, and creating a linear but encapsulating percussive progression. As the pace subtly picks up, the drums and vocals become more frantic, and there is added a ghostly wailing and whistling that sets you on edge while heightening the intensity of the atmosphere. The frenzied pacing creates an interesting effect on the mind. Your body feels as though it’s being controlled by the tempo, the intensifying speed reminiscent of an accelerating spinning or whirling sensation or image. The song takes on a melancholic and fiery cultish tone, the uneasy passion transmitted makes your mind feel as though it’s being propelled with the song’s progression. It’s trippy, dark, and anxiety-ridden. It might remind you of the often overlooked and underlying dangerous, beautiful and devoted passion that resides inherently in spiritual organization. The song is indeed long and repetitious – but that’s the point. This song, as well as the original, are clearly meant for eliciting an atmospheric and mental response through trance-inducing instrumentals and chant-like vocals, capturing you in recurrence and pacing for spiritual effect.

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