24/1/20 Funky Tracks Album of the Week

HEADSPACE by Headspace

Since starting this weekly review of albums I’ve been lucky enough to receive a lot of recommendations from readers and friends alike, with one title coming up again and again.

‘Cameron, are you ok? Have you tried Headspace? I think you’d really get something from it.’ If I had a penny for everyone who asked me that! Fiiiine, I’ll give it a spin.

Now I wasn’t familiar with Headspace’s oeuvre but it was instantly clear that this was no ordinary LP. Not only were there no physical copies of the album but I had to download the Headspace app just to listen to it, which I thought was a bit arrogant of the artist to be perfectly honest. U2 managed to pull it off by selflessly dropping that album on our iPods for free, but as I always say we can’t all be Bono.

After navigating this unconventional presentation, I began to listen to the opening track. Say what you like about Headspace but this guy does not care a fig for the fourth wall. His voice speaks to you directly, instructing you on how to listen, even on how to breathe while listening. It’s a commanding power play which is symptomatic of the confidence on show here in this debut which is amorphous in length. There is no shape to this work, it can go on for as long as you like, so the album becomes defined by its distinct lack of shape, a bit like a dad bod.

As I scanned down my body, feeling each breath and let go of any focus, I was wondering when the beat was going to drop – and then it hit me: This is the music. Headspace is playing me like a bassoon and I am happy to rock and roll all night.

This defiantly acoustic work never ends and even has options to pay for more content. An impressively authentic parody of modern capitalism I parted with a monthly fee of £9.99 just to see if the money would actually come out of my account. A heated conversation with Headspace’s customer service team (a detailed simulation set up specifically to promote the album) did not return my money but did prove that they have truly covered all the bases with this seismic and all-consuming work.

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