Sheep – Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd’s song, “Sheep,” from the 1977 record Animals, is dreamy, blatant and forceful. It opens with a sample of sheep baaing to create a discordant effect that is monotonous and slightly off-putting. The keys are spacious and groovy, with a nuance that instills a lush atmosphere. They posit a reserved tone that carries an airy trait of wisdom – a sense of omnipotence or sagacious hindsight. A prudent, yet earnest bass guitar run continuously foreshadows the ominous bulk and content of the song. It’s weighty with a darkness that contrasts the vaporous nature of the keys. The song moves toward a more generic rock structure that’s made different through the contribution of an industrial and warpy dissonance, the agitation of psychedelic and resonating effects. The guitar is dark and spacy, sporadic and aggressive – wildly full of life. The vocals wail with a frustrated energy that parallels the anti-conformist message found in Pink Floyd’s lyricism.

The song moves like a nightmarish train, maintaining a savage and erratic energy – a feral anxiety. It’s a blatant dishevelling – an attempt to scatter the expectant, metaphorical sheep that might stumble indeterminably upon this reflexive sound. Pink Floyd wants to shake up supposition, mess with formulaic flow. The song is eclectic, and diverges midway through, becoming tense yet minimalistic and quiet. The ambience crescendos from a high-strung resting point, always maintaining an eerie backdrop of reverberating weirdness. The instrumentation coheres with the band’s lyricism concerning anti-authoritarianism almost perfectly – ardent disjointedness and frustration presented in a symmetrical yet unconventional way.

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