Friday, January 25, 2008

Songs That Might Otherwise Pass You By

The Lola-is-experimenting-with-layout edition

The Long Blondes, "Separated By Motorways" (Sexamatronic Mix)


Normally, I reserve the more "high energy" songs for my podcast--I figure people are more likely to be mobile when listening to the podcast and would benefit from music that's a little more likely to jumpstart the nervous system. I love this song so much, though, that I had to give it more than one outlet. There are so many vocal styles in this song--the vocalist speaks/sings in the most seductive English accent part of the time and at other times careens into the top of her range (these could be two singers--it's hard for me to tell). The song sounds like a cross between punk and the trip-hop music coming out of Britain in the late nineties. There's a little electronica in there, also--kind of like Goldfrapp singing for The Prodigy. Wow, that would be cool.

Tyler Ramsey, "Ships"

The name of the album this song is from is A Long Dream About Swimming Across The Sea. This song is its own kind of dream--it evokes a hazy feeling of drifting, letting you experience a good kind of listlessness. The kind you feel when you're drifting in the ocean, a lake, or even a really vast pool, and you're not so concerned where you drift to. As long as you can see land (and therefore are not drifting into need-rescue territory), you're content to let the water take you. You're content to let this song, and the singer's granulated, weary voice take you where it's supposed to.


Tyler Ramsey, looking cagy

Dark Undercoat
Emily Jane White, "Wild Tigers I Have Known"

When I first read this title, I thought of the book "Where The Wild Things Are". Truth is, I still think of that when I hear this song. There is something dark and untamed about the song; it cloisters around you like a stifling, humid forest. It closes around you, almost choking you until lightly pulling away, amused as you realize you can move quite fluidly afterall. The song is a firm caress that lays a seemingly impermeable embrace on its listener .


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