One Track Mind: Neil Young and Crazy Horse, “There’s a Hole in the Sky” (2013)

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Neil Young has debuted a new, environmentally conscious song as part of his on-going Australian tour with Crazy Horse, called “There’s a Hole in the Sky.” Preview it here!

The tune, performed at the Perth Arena and included in part on a two-minute clip above, references the on-going discussion over a oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S., before evolving to a paean on the curative warmth of the sun — recalling, in theme, Young’s early-2000s collaboration with Crazy Horse, Greendale.

Musically, however, the tune bears little resemblance to the tornadic electrical excursions on their current release together, Psychedelic Pill, but rather his lilting acoustic-based Harvest. The vocal interplay is as quietly effective on “There’s a Hole in the Song” as their typically scalding guitar battles ever were.

The Australian dates are also including “Singer Without a Song,” a new composition that was performed several times last year on tour. Young and Crazy Horse are appearing Down Under through March 16, 2013.

A full audio preview of the “There’s a Hole in the Sky” can be found here.

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Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso has written for USA Today, American Songwriter, All About Jazz, and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the U.S. by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Nick is now associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock.
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