With Paul Simon's new album, So Beautiful or So What, the long-celebrated musician reminds us where the original magic of instrumental excellence finds its inspiration. In a recent behind the scenes look at the construction of the album, Simon treats us to the brilliant intricacies of his process and demonstrates how far true dedication to sacred sounds and endless talent can go.
Alongside music-making clips, he speaks about the goals and worries that surrounded So Beautiful or So What. For one, he considers the changes over the past decades that inflicted a strong shift in the music industry. "Is the art form that I'm working in still a relevant art form?" he ponders. With this in mind, he has created "an album that really comes out of a tradition that probably started with Revolver, Sgt Pepper, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Dark Side of the Moon, those Stevie Wonder albums of the 70s". The remainder of the video explores some interesting footage involving the recording of various tracks, which utilize unique sounds such as "a steam engine slowed down", proving that there is still some untapped talent streaming through this icon.
This peek inside Paul Simon's mind provides one of the most refreshing looks at honest-to-god good music in the industry right now, bringing us back to the beloved basics. For those fed up with the state of the music world today, watch the video below to restore your faith.