From 2007-2009, I ran a music blog called The Bringer of Song under the name Alden. It was a wonderful experience, promoting music I loved while honing my ability to write, and I regret having to leave it behind when the form of music blogging I preferred became untenable. I’ll be reposting some of my better pieces of writing from that blog here. I’d hate to lose them into the ether of the endless internet.
Often I’d share a handful of connected songs, with a small blurb about why they were worthwhile listening, or with a personal story about them. Below, I share the text of most of the early ones, for those intrigued…
I Get All the Songs, I Get All the Songs… Covers Post (November 16, 2007)
Tori Amos – She’s Leaving Home (The Beatles cover)
I must admit something: though I once loved them, I cannot stand listening to the Beatles nowadays. Maybe it was too much in my youth, but there’s something about them I can no longer stand. That said, their songs are often fantastic, and this is no different. Dropping the overly bouncy tone and dozy chorus of the original, Tori makes this song work to her style – her version is a beautiful, piano-driven tale. Live cover.
Dragonette – The Boys (Calvin Harris cover)
The original, ‘The Girls’, is an amusing but forgettable ode to the straight male’s sexuality. Dragonette, the queen of fun, sexually-charged songs, takes the same song, but doesn’t merely switch the pronouns. This version has an additional section in the middle and adds a bit to the chorus, vital edits that help make it a song that dares you not to dance, or at least bop in your seat. It sounds joyful without falling into ‘The Girls’ trap of sounding vaguely lecherous, which is a victory in my book.
Ben Folds and Rufus Wainwright – Careless Whisper (George Michael cover)
I’ve never heard the original, but this live rendition of a strangely popular, cover-wise, song is probably the best I’ve heard. These two interpret the song into a heartbreaking plea for impossible forgiveness, and their voices work surprisingly well. The piano works well as well, as I think it’s only behind possibly the violin in perfect atmosphere for sad songs.
Bettie Serveert – Love I Don’t Have to Love (Bright Eyes cover)
A song about ignoring pain through mindless, anonymous sex, it works perfectly with an intense sound behind Bettie Serveert lead singer Carol van Dijk’s tragic version of an already-bleak song. It’s loud, it’s dark and its painful in a good way. I spent a couple days after discovering it just playing it almost constantly, because it’s that good.
Westlife – Total Eclipse of the Heart (Bonnie Tyler cover)
Looking at the ever-popular song through a male perspective, this song is sometimes hilarious, which is a sobering reminder of gender roles and how, if this weren’t a cover, the singers would be decried as ‘gay whiners’. That said, it’s an extremely well-done cover, with appropriate piano and two guys filling in for Bonnie Tyler alone.
Vienna Teng – Cannonball (Damien Rice cover)
The original, while gorgeous, began to grate after a number of listens. This version is a fresh and equally gorgeous take on the song. Vienna Teng’s voice here is on top form, soaring, an arctic wing blowing through your heart and covering your skin in chills. Breathtakingly beautiful.
The Alden’s Awesome Playlist 1 (November 29, 2007)
Similar to the roulette, the Awesome Playlist is a collection of songs, but instead of being random they’re the ones that, for some reason or other, I’ve been listening to a lot lately. I don’t know why, but on different weeks different songs just seem to ‘click’ with me, and for the time being these are those songs.
The Grand Archives – Sleepdriving
This group, headlined by former guitarist and vocalist for Carissa’s Wierd and former guitarist for Band of Horses Matt Brooke, is pretty damn new. The only available songs are three demos they’ve recently released while they work on their debut. That said, the demos are excellent, and ‘Sleepdriving’ is the best of the trilogy. It’s the kind of music that might play in the background of a dream, a melancholy, ethereal piece of music that I just love. Download this, as I expect these Archives will be one I raid from muchly in the future.
Andrew Bird – Why? (live)
You guys should know my intense love of all things Andrew Bird, if only because I’ve peppered his music through this blog. The only reason I haven’t posted a showcase is that I’d need quite a bit of preparation to do him justice. Anyway, this song was originally released by his band, Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire, but their style sadly irritate me to no end. He later included a solo performance of the song on Fingerlings, the first of his live-only albums. The song itself is a typical Andrew Bird song in its atypical tone and focus: A man who is angered by his partner by his refusing to be riled up and fight, with the chorus including the line: “Damn you for being so easy-going.” The idea of a relationship where conflict is promoted is an intriguing one, and it reminds that the real opposite of love isn’t hate but indifference.
Scala & Kolacny Brothers – Heartbeats (The Knife cover)
Another group begging for a showcase, here’s a taste of Scala, the intriguing Belgian youth girls’ choir whose repertoire consists mainly of recognisable North American songs, and their conductors the Kolacny brothers. I’ve never heard the original song, but that doesn’t matter much as Scala’s version is a beautiful, piano-driven masterpiece. The choral treatment doesn’t render it inaccessible; indeed, it makes it more universal, strangely enough.
Sufjan Stevens – Romulus
Sufjan seems to be the indie king, grabbing accolades and praise everywhere for his deep and heavily-researched albums, two of which are themed around American states. Romulus is from one of these albums (Michigan), and derives its title not from the mythical founder of Rome but from a Michigan city, where the song’s protagonist lives. It’s a story of shame, about an absent mother who buggers off to make a new family, leaving her other children in care of their grandfather. One of these children, the song’s narrator, talks about their contempt of her, and how they would love to just avoid seeing her ever again. It’s an interesting tale, one I’m curious whether there are real-life connections for Stevens or not. It seems intensely real.
Brandston – Earthquakes and Sharks
Formed way back in 1996, Brandston seem to be a different creature than the Grand Archives. Seem, I’d say, because I only have this one song of theirs, and it rocks. A song with a fantastic beat that just dares you to not bounce around to it, it tells the story of a guy who slowly learns that Mexico and California are not the safest places for the uninitiated. The chorus is an amusing listing off of the dangers, while the rest of the song is his specific experiences with a number of these things.
Those are the songs that have been on pretty heavy rotation on my iPod lately. Not 100 listens, but they’re much dearer to my heart now than they once were. Enjoy!
Playlist: Remixes and Mashups (December 13, 2007)
I’ll let you guys on a secret. I hate remixes.
… No, you don’t understand. Hate. They are almost overwhelmingly disappointing. After hearing raves for, say, ‘The Magical Unicorn Big Beats in the Jungle’ remix of an artist I love, I grab it and, upon listening, sigh. Not only do they not improve the song, they often make my favourites unbearable! It’s annoying. However, recently I’ve begun to come around, like I did for instrumentals. No, I don’t think those others are any better, they’re still awful – but now I won’t have complete certainty beforehand that a new remix will suck enormously.
Another type of song I despised until I encountered some good/amusing ones were mashups. I thought they were lame attempts to play with popular music, and in most cases they are. However, there are some that are either genuinely amusing or actually damn good music.
So, in honour of giving things second chances, a playlist.
Andrew Bird – Imitosis (Four Tet Remix)
A song I never paid much attention to, Imitosis is a song common in tone to Andrew Bird’s style: darker, moody, lyrical. Four Tet’s remix adds a beat to it, something that accentuates the darkness of the song and yet draws you in further. It once or twice steps on Bird’s toes, but otherwise an excellent enhancement to the original.
Amy Winehouse – Rehab (Desert Eagle Remix)
When my sister was extolling the virtues of this ‘brilliant’ new singer she’d found, I was often uninterested in Winehouse’s music. However, this remix sold me on Rehab, a song I’d previously been (and still am) not terribly in love with. The horns in the back, the added beat, it just gives the song a whole sense of style that the original lacks.
Dido – Here With Me (Lukas Burton Remix)
Where the original, an old favourite, went for atmosphere, this remix goes for a lower-key song with a darker beat added in. The changes, while negating the slow build and chaotic backing of the original, gives this version a whole new flavour. It’s more low-key, with the added beat giving a sense of order to the background later in the song.
Stars – Your Ex-Lover is Dead (Final Fantasy Remix)
A radical edit instrumentally, this remix strips the song right down to a piano and some hazy effects, making Stars’ lead singers sound sound almost as if they’re singing on a radio in the background. It’s really quite pretty, and though it’s not an improvement (as the original is quite possibly my favourite Star’s song to begin with), it’s a worthy remix.
DJ Magnet – Love Comes Running Up That Hill Quickly (Placebo Vs. Pet Shop Boys Vs. Kate Bush)
This mashup is extremely unusual in that, somehow, all the elements combine to make something that actually sounds like a standalone song. The main difference is that, instead of transplanting Song A’s vocals to B’s music, the mashing is used to enhance the main song, that being Placebo’s cover of “Running Up That Hill”. Ghostly vocals from Pet Shop Boys’ “Love Comes Quickly”, along with a beat I assume is from that song, give this a new atmosphere, while transplanting a portion of Kate Bush’s original “Running Up That Hill” makes her sound less like a mash and more like a featured artist. This, on its own, impressed me enough to make up for all the bad ones I’ve seen before.
Empulsive – Toxic Rehab (Britney Spears vs. Amy Winehouse)
This is another interesting mashup that adds something to both involved songs. The ‘toxic’ metaphor of Britney Spears’ song mixes well with the topic of addiction in Amy Winehouse’s ‘Rehab’. It turns the songs from one about a destructive relationship and another about literal rehab into what feels like a song about others’ reactions to the protagonist’s destructive relationship. It’s ‘toxic’, she’s ‘high and can’t come down’, but they ‘tried to make [her] go to rehab and [she] said no, no, no’. This makes it a deeper mix than just throwing The Fray vocals onto a Beyonce song because it sounds funny.
Natalie Walker – Circles (December 21, 2007)
Not often will a track wow me nearly so much as this one. Gorgeous and haunting, this is (according to Walker herself) the story of a young woman who reels from the death of her soldier husband while pregnant with his child. The background, with beautiful piano and lush with instrumentation, gives me goosebumps. Listening to this song is like walking down a forest path in winter with no coat; the cold runs down your spine and threatens to freeze you from the inside out, but the view is so gorgeous that it’s completely worth it.
Tegan and Sara – Back in Your Head (December 28, 2007)
Tegan and Sara are one of Canada’s best indie acts, a pair of identical twins with a knack for great lyrics and music both. They’ve been playing music for fifteen years – which, considering they are only 27, is no mean feat. Their newest album, The Con, includes this gem. I’m happy to showcase it in some depth, as it’s been on my mind a lot this past week. This tune is a head bopper, one that gets you moving even when you realise its lyrics aren’t exactly happy. It deals with disconnection, with change, with growing apart. This sadness is oddly expressed in an upbeat song, but after a couple listens you realise that no matter how good the beat is, it isn’t upbeat at all, and it takes a bit of a melancholy feel.
The RAC remix is one you’ve probably already encountered, as it’s currently making its rounds on the blog circuit. It’s a nice, poppy remix with a light touch. The Tiesto Remix Edit is from their newest EP, I’ll Take the Blame EP, which includes two new tunes as well as this and the original “Back In Your Head”. It takes a very interesting angle to the song, accentuating the darker aspects and working well in its own right, as well as alongside the original. The Morgan Page remix is a good dance remix, giving it a beat that makes it even more impossible not to dance to. And finally, a cover of the song by The Broken West, a band I don’t usually listen to but like here.
Regina Spektor – All the Rowboats (January 30, 2008)
The internet is a wonderful tool for the music lover. Not only can one sample and preview tracks released for purchase, but one can procure rare live tracks. One of the best I’ve ever discovered is this wonderful gem from Regina Spektor, a crystal clear recording of an extremely rare (this is the only known recording) song, “All the Rowboats”. And, it’s bloody fantastic. There’s a little audience murmuring, but other than that it’s one of the best live recordings I’ve heard.
It’s a gorgeous song about the jail-like existences of museums, with works of art locked away like murderers, like the living dead on display for the world’s bizarre fascination. The piano work is flawless, but it’s Regina herself who is on showcase here, the emotion in her voice perfect. Contempt, regret, sadness – she has more range here than many artists’ entire albums. I can’t stop listening to it, and I can never listen to it without listening to it again immediately after.
Roulette 5 (February 28, 2008)
Alanis Morissette – Underneath
A song hopefully on her upcoming album Flavors of Entanglement, Morissette has put together a great song about how personal responsibility is the core of every problem in the greater world. We can’t expect world peace if we cannot live in our own small bubble peacefully, something many people cannot comprehend. Until we learn to love those around us, we can’t expect the rest of the world’s problems to magically work out. This is a wise song, something Morissette has been moving towards for albums now, and I’m hoping it becomes a single and gets some exposure.
Alanis Morissette – Symptoms
Looking at aspects explored in the former song, this Morissette b-side for ‘Hands Clean’ puts forward much of the same theme. ‘Underneath’ posits that the larger problems are a cause of our smaller issues, and ‘Symptoms’ tells us that all of these problems are because we are relentless in our search for individuality, and in doing so we have ignored the fact that we are all one group, undivided by skin or gender or anything else. We are all human, and when we betray that, the cracks start to form. Morissette sometimes gets too caught up in her own drama, but this song showcases some of her best work, and its a shame it was left to a b-side.
A Band Called Quinn – I Wish You Love
There’s something beautiful about this song that draws me in. The vocals are of course gorgeous, and the instrumentation is something I haven’t encountered as much before. It’s got a hazy, but nice, atmosphere that makes it just very enjoyable.
Maximo Park – Girls Who Play Guitars
I haven’t listened much to Maximo Park in the past, but this song has intrigued me enough to make me want to follow up on it. A pair of friends wherein the protagonist is secretly in love with her, but she’s clueless even as she’s spent a year “watching me decay”. He reflects on their conversations while thinking sadly about her promiscuity (“She goes out, she gets drunk, she gets off, she goes home, she gives in”).
Rogue Traders – I Never Liked You
I have been addicted to this song for weeks now, and it has only just started to taper off. The energy in it is just utterly exciting, and that’s a feeling I love. The lyrics are fun, unsubtle and not needing to be. It’s just a plain good fun time, as we all imagine chewing out someone but refusing to say anything, whether out of self-preseration or just politeness.
Amy Studt – Furniture
I don’t believe I’ve mentioned Studt on this blog, but her ldebut album, False Smiles, was pretty good. The new single for her upcoming April 2008 album My Paper Made Men has appeared and it blows pretty much every song off Smiles out of the water. It’s quiet, broken, beautiful, with vulnerable lyrics that dodge the obvious or the cliche. I only recently acquired it, but its gorgeous, and bodes well for new new album.
The New Pornographers – The Bones of an Idol
It has recently come to my realisation that The New Pornographers’ album Twin Cinema is quite possibly one of the most consistently excellent albums I have amongst my collection. This song is possibly my favourite off the album, though its hard to choose amongst the gold nuggets present here. I’m still finding the love for their others, but this album (and this song) are just wonderful.
Tegan and Sara – Superstar
An old favourite of mine, this may be the song that got me properly addicted to Tegan and Sara. It’s eerie and gorgeous, atmospheric in a way Tegan and Sara aren’t most of the time. Layers of vocals, with a great beat and a bizarre mix of speaking and singing that leaves you wondering where exactly the line is. I love the lyrics, about the seeking out of fame and the finding of it. It feels disorienting. “Take my heart while you’re at it!” the protagonist yells, trying not to sell out and probably failing.
Pink – Dear Mr. President
The other night, I stumbled upon this gem while listening to the ‘Pod. It’s a song I ignored until now, but I’ve fallen in love with it. George W. Bush is a figure I’ve both tried to follow and ignore since his ascendancy to President of the US. It asks many of the questions I’d love to see the man answer, and besides the fantastic lyrics (which only sometimes falter), the performance of the song is commendable as well. The style of singing to the chorus, with a backup singer enhancing Alecia Moore’s (aka Pink) point as the guitar moves simply in the background. It’s beautiful. The final “Let me tell you ’bout hard work!’ sequence is particularly moving.
Avril Lavigne – Sk8er Boi
To end on a funny note, this is my ultimate guilty pleasure that I can’t see popping up here in any other context, so I’m posting it now. I first heard it years ago, in the parking lot of a Go Kart track, and listening to it always brings me back there. It’s not particularly deep or moving, but it’s a nice look at social classes and prejudices despite it being a ‘mainstream pop song’, and its a well-constructed story that gives me a nice visual. I can always imagine the events of this song nicely. And, ultimately, it makes me smile, and that’s what counts!
The Second Glance: Covers #2 (March 16, 2008)
The Magic Numbers – Crazy in Love (covering Beyonce)
The Puppini Sisters – Crazy in Love (covering Beyonce)
This song has popped up everywhere, from the radio in its initial run back in 2003 to appearing on Dance Dance Revolution recently. It’s also a pretty popular cover, and both of these take the original and do something interesting and great with it, showcasing the desperation behind Beyonce’s fancy beats. The Puppini Sisters send the song back into the 1940’s, keeping the fast pace but replacing the modern hiphop stylings with olden-days style background music, and harmonizing the song with three voices. Meanwhile, a recent discovery for me, The Magic Numbers’ great take on the song, a more low-key indie style interpretation, deconstructing the song back to its core emotions. Far from the fast dance beats of the original, this version is a depressed male-vocal led song bemoaning the loss of a lover, despite making no lyrical changes or changing the actual mechanics of the song.
This Mortal Coil feat. Elizabeth Fraser – Song to the Siren (covering Tim Buckley)
The Czars – Song to the Siren (covering Tim Buckley)
This Mortal Coil’s version has been a longtime favourite, first of my older sister Kara’s and then my own. Elizabeth Fraser (of the Cocteau Twins) does an amazing job of the song, even if some of the words become a little blurred, its still completely beautiful. Little did I know, a band I recently discovered called The Czars released a covers album a couple years back that included a magnificent cover of the song as well. At an epic 7 minutes long, its a gorgeous pursuit and a real contender for the best cover version of the song.
Shannon Wright – Asleep (covering The Smiths)
Carissa’s Wierd – Asleep (covering The Smiths)
I will admit I think The Smiths’ “Asleep” may the the saddest song ever composed, barring none. I’m in love with it, and the intense emotions I associate with it, and I’m always intrigued by covers of it. Carissa’s Wierd brings a real stripped-down, almost spoken sound to the song, with very simple instrumentation. This half-singing brings another style of sadness and desperation to the song. I find it hard, meanwhile, to properly describe Shannon Wright’s version, which is also beautiful even as it sometimes comes off as a little overdramatic, a little too affected to draw out the emotions the original does. However, few songs can compare to the original “Asleep”, and both of these are brave and relatively successful attempts to look at the song from a new angle.
Tricky – The Lovecats (covering The Cure)
OK Go – The Lovecats (covering The Cure)
Hearing rapper Tricky’s take on the immortal song is interesting, as in his hands the song is dark, raspy and seductive. The song always had elements of sexual intrigue to it, but this takes the excitement of the original and turns it into an invitation into the darkness; Tricky’s lovecats must be black cats, the avatars of a dark enchantress, drawing you away into the night. OK Go, meanwhile, are more faithful to the original but also have their own sound attached, adding a bit of crazed playfulness. The original “The Lovecats” is a rather creepy song when you get down to it, and both of these covers do that great justice.
Utada Hikaru – With or Without You (covering U2)
Scala & Kolacny Brothers – With or Without You (covering U2)
Japanese pop star Utada Hikaru takes on an old favourite, and does it very well here. Her voice is low, with the emotions clear in it; the desperation, the sadness and even the anger are evident in her rendition. The simple piano works great before more music kicks in properly. Her voice is magnificent here, taking the heights impressively. Meanwhile, a potentially even more beautiful version comes from our favourite chior Scala & Kolacny Brothers, whose version of the song is breathtaking, truly. If you’ve been following this blog I’m hoping you’ve picked up a song or two of theirs in the past, and I’d say this is one of their best.
And, as a bonus, the lonely but awesome…
Sia – Gimme More (covering Britney Spears)
Now, this doesn’t have a partner, but it stands pretty well on its own. It takes Britney Spears’ expensively produced and sexy song and turns it into a stripped-down piano-and-vocals performance that reeks of sadness, sleaze and sex. Sia’s protagonist is a sad creature, an exhibitionist trapped in her own need for attention and sex but not, in and of herself, sexy. It’s sad and yet, Sia’s vocals are still wonderful and draw you into the song. Then, you begin to hear that same person in the original, trying her best to be sexy and yet coming off as desperate and self-deluded.
Roulette 5 (March 22, 2008)
Amy Macdonald – Footballer’s Wife
Album: This is the Life (2007)
A friend recently pointed me towards the lovely Ms. Macdonald, and then another mentioned the name, so I couldn’t resist and grabbed her debut album. This wonderful Scottish lass is slowly creeping up on me. This is the best I’ve heard from her album, though I’m still warming to her as a whole.
Idina Menzel – I Feel Everything
Album: I Stand (2008)
I fell in love with Menzel when I heard her as Elphaba on the Wicked soundtrack, and her new album, I Stand, has only cemented that. This song, about the emotional connection between lovers, in particular showcases her amazing range and vulnerability, without being forced to sing quietly like other singers might have to be. Her Tony award-winning stage presence shows even in studio recordings for her album. I Stand is a genuine contender for 2008’s best album this early in the game.
Hanne Hukkelberg – Do Not As I Do
Album: Little Things (2005)
This beautiful Norwegian singer is gaining buzz for her recent album, Rykestrasse 68, but I’ve only gotten my hands on Little Things so far. However, getting into this album is a treat, and this low key affair is definitely a nice addition to my collection. I love the simplicity of the hook, “Do as I say, not as I do… or you’ll feel blue!” It sounds overly simplistic in pure text, but it works nicely sung.
Dolores O’Riordan – Ordinary Day (Morgan Page Remix)
Album: Are You Listening? (2007) [Original song]
I always liked O’Riordan’s lead single for her solo album (though I much preferred the overlooked “Black Widow”), and I’ve recently begun to dig into Morgan Page’s remixes. Anyone who read the review I posted of his new album knows that Page is on of few remixers I hold in esteem even in his missteps, and thus this was a nice treat to come across. Not as flat-out excellent as his take on Regina Spektor’s “Fidelity”, but still quite an interesting (in a good way) shot at reinventing the song.
Shivaree – Lost in a Dream
Album: Who’s Got Trouble (2005)
I’ve had a song or two from Who’s Got Trouble for a long time, but only recently did I finally come across the full album in its nostalgic glory. This is one such song, a little jazzy and very nice. This is one of the reasons that Trouble is much easier to get into compared to recent offerings Rough Dreams and covers album Tainted Love: Mating Calls and Fighting Songs, both of which are far too inaccessible – but happen to be worth the effort. Shivaree are just so easy to listen to, and sexy in an understated kind of way.
There’s a lot of damn good female vocalists around these days, and I’m happy to slowly uncover them. Anyone who claims I’m biased in favour of female singers is probably right, as they populate my favourite singers’ lists in a big way. Maybe next time a guy will slip his way into the mix.
Roulette 9 (March 29, 2008)
Going to go for a bit of theme with this one, as it’s been really intriguing me these past few days: instrumental music! I know it seems off to put it all in together, but it really is a different creature entirely from music with conventional vocals, with its own unique worlds of sound as well. For me, it’s practically a new universe to explore.
So, here goes, scratching the surface of the instrumental side of things…
(Please excuse any mistakes I make in describing the instrumentation. I can easily analyse vocals because I, like everyone else, speak on a daily basis; instruments are something new and different to me.)
1. Christophe Beck – Sacrifice (from Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
The heartbreaking final moments of Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s fifth season, wherein Buffy sacrifices her own life to save both her sister’s life and the world, was one of my favourite TV moments ever. A good amount of that resonance should be rightly credited to this beautiful piece of work, which accompanied what was planned to be the series’ final moments.
2. Bear McCreary – Two Funerals (from Battlestar Galactica)
From before I watched the series, I knew and loved this song. I had acquired the OST, and the mournful, dark horns with the sad-but-hopeful resonating strings underneath drew me in completely. The drums that follow add that ‘military funeral’ feeling to everything, and it smoothly folds into a beautiful ending.
3. Daniel Licht – Party (from Dexter)
The strumming, rather Spanish sound of this song reminds me of Miami, where the series is set, and feels like sedately sexy and happy. The song drifts into a sadder place as it goes, and even when you feel like there’s a real party going on and the music begins to reach up, that sadness remains with the leading strings. Wonderful piece of feeling music.
4. John Williams – Confluence (from Memoirs of a Geisha)
I admit to being fascinated, in an outsider-looking-in kind of way, with Japanese culture: their history, their culture, their art and music. This may be why I found “Memoirs” so intriguing, both the novel and the adaptation that followed. I uncovered the OST recently, and this was the first song to really grab me. It’s very sparse until it really kicks in about halway, where it fills with layers of beauty.
5. Michael Giacchino – Win One for the Reaper (from Lost)
Initially, I was planning on skipping this song for this post, merely because I didn’t want it to run too long. However, I began relistening to it, and remembering why Giacchino’s work on Lost has been utterly genius. This song, a tribute to the fallen Boone, I believe, is a beautiful funereal piece that shines among Giacchino’s work on the show.
1. Explosions in the Sky – Remember Me as a Time of Day (from How Strange, Innocence)
Long-time tBoS-ers will recognise this song from my debut post. I wondered whether I should include it, but realised I couldn’t have this post mean anything and not include it. This was my gateway song into instrumental, into feeling a song beyond words. For a long time while I didn’t listen to pretty much anything instrumental, this was in my top ten played songs. It’s just a beautiful song.
2. Kaki King – Open Mouth (from Dreaming of Revenge)
I first heard Kaki King on an REM cover by Sara Quinn (of Tegan and Sara), and her guitar work was quite nice, so I remembered her name when I saw Dreaming of Revenge and decided to grab it. This song, creeping up my spine and drifting like gas through me, freezing my insides and filling my head with bits of light, is what I found. I’ve since criminally ignored this album, and in constructing this post I have remembered this and sworn to rectify that.