Absolutely Curtains Lyrics – Pink Floyd – Obscured By Clouds
Absolutely Curtains (Waters, Gilmour, Wright, Waters) 5:51
About the Song
“Absolutely Curtains” is the final track on Pink Floyd’s 1972 album “Obscured by Clouds,” which serves as the soundtrack to Barbet Schroeder’s film “La Vallée.” The song is largely instrumental, characterized by atmospheric soundscapes and an ethereal mood that culminates in a unique finale featuring the Mapuga tribe’s chants.
“Absolutely Curtains” closes Pink Floyd’s “Obscured by Clouds” with an atmospheric and enigmatic flourish. The track begins with a moody synthesis of keyboards and guitars that build upon the album’s recurring theme of exploration and the unknown. This instrumental arrangement showcases the band’s talent for creating profound aural experiences that invoke imagery and emotion without the need for words.
As the instrumental fades, the song transitions into its most distinctive feature — the sound of the Mapuga tribe, indigenous to Papua New Guinea, where “La Vallée” was filmed. The tribal chants offer a raw and powerful conclusion to the album, emphasizing the themes of cultural discovery and human connection that are central to the film’s narrative.
The title “Absolutely Curtains” itself suggests a finality, a closing of both the literal curtain on a stage and a metaphorical end to the journey the album has taken the listener on. It’s a track that remains true to Pink Floyd’s experimental ethos, providing an ending that leaves a lingering sense of closure yet contemplation.
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