There are many things wrong with this song, or maybe I should say there are things that seem wrong at first that start to cohere (in a dreamy incoherent way), once it gets into your earworm. Carl Stephenson, the brains here, was Beck’s collaborator on Mellow Gold, co-writer of Loser, which launched a giant career that wasn’t Stephenson’s. As Beck broke he had a nervous breakdown, though I have no idea if there’s any causation there.
I thought of this tune after playing the Vintage Caravan’s excellent tune, “Expand Your Mind” over and over the other day. I think the video (which is someone’s art project) is trippier than the tune, but I like the tune, which percolates in a world music way, a lot.