Track of the Week – Imago’s “Akap”

This morning, I revisited a recording a friend of mine from Germany made of part of a set by the band Imago in May of 2012. This was when Sazi’s (or Mayric’s) was about to close to make way for the building’s redevelopment into a dorm (and the location of the club is now a Pancake House). I was wondering which song she managed to capture on record, and the song was my track of the week.

Imago – Akap from Marie Jamora on Vimeo.

Of course, the occasion for revisiting this was the launch of Imago’s new record, the first since Aia de Leon left the band in 2013. In an interview they gave (which I hope to summarize elsewhere next week), Zach Lucero said that the record was closer in spirit to Imago’s Take 2 record from 2004, which was where “Akap” could be found. (Hence, I think it might safe to call the latest record a “reboot,” in the sense that the first album, which is very different from the rest, does not necessarily count.)  Sure enough, one of the bands playing that night chose the song for their Imago cover, and they did it pretty well, down to Aia’s iconic vocalization following the bridge.

The song has a very interesting take on the idea of commitment, and maybe that is why I found it quite moving lately. (This is because, in fact, I have been thinking of such things.) In fact, when trying to hear Monika’s recording of it this morning, I felt that the bus I was on was pretty dusty. Then again, it was a week for intensity in different ways, and I was tired, and I think it was all cathartic.

Actually, the room became dusty because the last track of a playlist I often hear on the road was a pop song I like. There were enough emotional associations with a series of notes I could hear that it did make me cry a bit. But I won’t discuss what song it was and who played it. That, dear reader, is my Unknown Track of the Week.

PLUG: Vandals on the Wall and Revolver presents Shiny Happy People, a gig to mark the site’s almost-first anniversary. It will be tomorrow night at Saguijo, starting at nine pm. I look forward to seeing you all there.

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