Ages - Fog (Nosaj Thing Cover)
It seems like ages since we last heard a cover this good (pun intended). But this classical guitar piece is truly an exotic, sensual guitar licking song.
Ages' version of Fog will teleport you back to the cobbled streets of a Tuscan village, or a sunny Spanish villa.
If you dig it, download it below.
Download - Fog (Nosaj Thing Cover)
Calm. - Treat Me Like A Villain
Calm. are a Denver duo consisting of Time and AwareNess. Their only collaboration album Anti-Smiles was released in 2006 and the opening track, Treat Me Like A Villain was not an easily forgettable cut.
Sampling Thomas Newman's Any Other Name from the American Beauty soundtrack, Time wastes no time introducing you to his pessimistic and witty commentary on the world. Due to the sporadic and unconventional flow, much of his wordplay and cunning metaphors can be lost on the casual listener.
You can follow along to the lyrics below. Enjoy.
"Calm, stay calm, just stay calm
People play every show like it’s their first
I play it like it’s my last
Cobain told me to stick with music, he said it was a blast
Don’t come up to talking without your mouth moving, I’ll know it’s merely a mask
Cause everyone’s fake, I feel like I’m walking through a wax museum
It’s funny how everyone has idols but they’ll never be them (be your own)
Every day’s a circular step closer to the climax of your dreams
Goals are affirmations and people are discouraging (so discouraging)
Fear is doing something you’re not suppose to
Success is letting yourself float with the current
Staying with the people you’re close to
Friends are time bombs, green with envy and red on the inside like a watermelon
Everyone I grew up with patronizes me like a superhero then treats me like a villain
But only vampires wear capes, only pharaohs are fed grapes
And only liars believe the truth
All the Lois Lanes I tried to save died so now god locked all the phone booths
I tried to run from my problems but my head was with me the whole time
So I’m looking for a guillotine that doesn’t have a 2 hour line
When I punch in I’m a part-time monkey washing floors and taking orders like a robot
When I punch out I’m a parking ticket collector who brags about all the doe he’s got
All the nothing I got
I’m not a super hero by any means
I’m an average Samaritan with doubts who likes to sing
I’m just another American caught in between
Inspiration and depression in front of a canvas
With no brush trying to paint his dream
But all I do is b**ch about how I can’t find my niche
While standing in a treeless forest holding a battle axe
Hate is a virus and it destroys habitats
Gossip is contagious, here’s some shut the f**k up pills, have a pack
I’m just trying to do what makes me happy, hoping to unravel some paths
Giving opinions the 32 degree shoulder, mutilating manikins murdering certainty
And stabbing the facts, with AwareNess’ knife
Keep running, the last guy that turned around found a javelin in his mask
I found anti-smiles on my mask
Now they say
Beauty’s on the inside but most humans are hollow
Tears on my blue face
Fear in my suit case
Give me a kiss, Chris I’ll be gone by tomorrow
I’m disgraced from face to shoelace, my shadow won’t even follow
And I know, that things will get better someway somehow and I smile
Cause I can see you clearly now
If love is blind then hate has 20/20 vision
So let’s give all the homeless glasses and all the teachers contacts
(AwareNess: Sometimes I’m scared so I ditch all my classes watching time fade)
So they can see their paychecks and every student in their overfilled classes
There’s a smile under these lips and mind behind these bloody nostrils
Every day’s a waking dream making the past a nightmare of fossils
No man is an island but I’m a peninsula surrounded by grief
Cry me an ocean or cry me a creek, drown me in your river
Cry me a planet then cry for relief
I’ve seen people smile so much their cheeks ache
Sometimes I stare long enough to watch until it decays
People are crops and humans are locust so…
Love is hopeless
Nothing is hopeless except smiles blood and…
Goals are the blueprints towards your dreams
But I ran out of bricks now passion is my cement
Every architect is my role model
I was happy being the captain ‘til I found out we were trapped inside this bottle
(smile and choke on yourself)
Eluvium - Genius & The Thieves
This instrumental piano piece is from Eluvium aka Mathew Cooper. I have enjoyed this track since discovering it in 2006. It has relatively straightforward structure but it has a simple beauty to it.
Genius & The Thieves appeared on Eluvium’s second album, An Accidental memory in The Case of Death. To date, it is still one of his most popular compositions.
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Benn Jordan - Passage D Original Movements
My feelings towards Benn Jordan's music is no secret. He is known to some as the man who produced the song which was used in a Dove commercial a few years back that showed in fast forward the process of model photo retouching.
This is the song used on that commercial, except, extended and stripped down to just piano. The fact that this version of the song appeared on a B side compilation of Benn Jordan's musical projects is testament to the prolifically talented abilities of this genre-defying and criminally underrated musician.
Ludovico Einaudi - Fly
Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi is a contemporary classical king. And if that sentence wasn’t contradictory enough for you, just wait until you hear how much this soothing piano playing pumps you up big time!
Okay, so it has a slow build up, but it certainly isn’t misdirected. It is aimed straight up, and straight up - this dude is a champion. Have a listen to Fly and you will realise why this guy made a living as one of the world’s most recognisable modern pianists, even with a surname that trips up English-speaking monolinguists everywhere.
Any Other Name
Thomas Newman - Any Other Name
Shakespeare wrote in Romeo & Juliet, “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." The quote in context refers to Juliet’s lamentation over her love for Romeo and the their families’ fueds. This quote summarises Juliet’s belief that words are frivolous when compared with the actuality of something.
Thomas Newman cleverly alludes to this when naming the score for the film American Beauty. In the film, roses are a used symbolically along with the themes of love and lust.
Thomas Newman composes an otherwordly piece that seems to defy time. The instrumental piano is lucid and peaceful and manages to embody so much meaning - the concept of beauty being in the eye of the beholder, the shortcomings of words in capturing reality and the highly individualised construction of meaning. Maybe the piece achieves this or maybe that is just my interpretation when I listen to this masterpiece.
Download - Any Other Name (control-click & save)
James Devane - Rhubarb (Aphex Twin Cover)
I have no agenda.
I have no endorsements, no sponsors, no product placement on this website. I have never studied marketing or advertising. I have no interest in hype, in trending, in staying up to date with the most recent major label artist campaign push.
I have never sugarcoated or given my opinion of music lightly without careful contemplation and consideration on different elements and textures of the soundscape.
I don’t listen to radio, I don’t watch television and I have started falling out of the habit of attending social events for the sake of engaging in shallow conversations consisting of the same polite but generic questions and answers.
I don’t listen to music to be social or antisocial, nor do I do it to develop a false sense of superiority or alienation from those around me. I do listen to music to stimulate my brain, to engage areas of my psyche that are both primitive and highly developed. I write about music not for any personal gain, but in the hope that I can share some amazing creative works with other appreciative listeners. I don’t believe in altruism, or selflessness because I love sharing music with others and I vicariously feel a sense of joy in the process.
I often feel forced to talk a lot during the day, and far too often these spoken exchanges are dwarfed in terms of meaning, emotion, expression and understanding compared to the awesome communicative powers that music can have - which brings me to the end of my ramblings. At the end of the day, you can complain about the state of music today, or you can use your initiative and seek a world of undiscovered talent and a crowd of like-minded people to share your appreciation with, rather than your own disappointments.
Emancipator - Minor Cause
Elegance and exotic soundscapes lather Emancipator's new album Dusk to Dawn.
Nowhere is this more true than on the stunning opener Minor Cause. The music begins slowly and builds before blossoming into a fully recognised orchestral, electronic masterpiece. The strings alone make this song worthy of a listen, but Emancipator's technological prowess transforms Minor Cause into a piece to be reckoned with. Highly recommended.
Download - Minor Cause
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