Saturday, July 12, 2008


Another roulette, as I've been listening to quite a bit of music lately. Some great stuff here, hope you enjoy.

Dead Heart Bloom - I Hope I Stop Fading
Album: Dead Heart Bloom (2006)

Full of mournful strings and low, sad vocals, this song resonates somewhere deep within me, almost bringing tears to my eyes. The sadness here, the wish to not 'die and fade away', breaks my heart.

Menomena - Evil Bee
Album: Friend and Foe (2007)

A dark, moody masterpiece introduced to me by a cousin who demanded I watch the bizarre music video. I've had the song on the 'pod for a long time, but I only listened to it then, and it really intrigued me. The pleading, sad quality of the lyrics and the emotion behind them, empowered by the engine-like machinations behind the music, both engage and terrify.

Imogen Heap - Meantime
Album: G:MT - Greenwich Mean Time OST (1999)

Thanks to the wonderful Maggie at goodnight and go, I now possess a startling amount of rare Imogen Heap tracks. This, one of her more obscure OST contributions, follows the rule of her soundtrack submissions being excellent; it's a beautiful, soaring piece backed with buzzing techno and wonderful lyrics.

Bitter:Sweet - Dirty Laundry
Album: The Mating Game (2006)

After hearing the Morgan Page remix of the song, I wasn't too blown away, but I've finally come across the original. A swaggering, playful piece of trip hop that's expertly put together with dramatic horns, clashing sounds, a wonderfully beat and calm, swirling, sexually-potent vocals, this one's a winner.

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Omer said...

As always, you post some of the BEST unknown songs. As a big fan of strings I'm glad to discover so many great songs that use them :)

The Alden said...

Heh, thanks Omer. :) Glad to see you enjoy the songs!

(Strings are a personal favourite of mine, too; probably one of the many reasons Andrew Bird is my favourite...)

Omer said...

Andrew Bird? Care to recommend me some songs by him?

The Alden said...

Hm, let's see...

Imitosis, Banking on a Myth, Fake Palindromes, A Nervous Tic Motion Of The Head To The Left are all quite good, though I think strings are more prominent on his older 'Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire' albums.