Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest & Microcastles (Can’t wait to see them in March!) Atlas Sound - Logos DJ Shadow - Endtroducing… UNKLE - Psyence Fiction Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean and The Shepard’s Dog Beach House - Devotion & Teen Dream
It’s an odd yet wonderful combination of Ambient, 90s Trip Hop and Folk Music
This is possibly one of my favorite songs of all time. I can remember the first time I listened to it because of the strength of the feelings it evoked in me. I had decided I was going to listen to Aphex Twin for the first time and went with the album “Drukqs” as I was unsure whether “Selected Ambient Works 85-92” was an album or an EP. The experience was a little overwhelming to say the least, and was not helped by the fact that the track order I had for the album was completely wrong, making the album seem like an incoherent mess. I had begun to feel slightly uncomfortable as I continued to listen, but saw that there was just one track left, so I decided to stick it out. The last track was Nanou 2 and it immediately took me by surprise. From the moment I heard the first chord struck, I knew that this was going to be the track that would stay with me the most. After just three chords played, I stopped what I was doing to listen to it closer. After 5, I could feel my gut tighten as the song seemed to be playing with my emotions as I listened to it. I felt the saddest any song has ever made me feel: to the extent that I thought that, at any moment, I would burst in to tears. I continued to listen as the song then began to slowly build to a mournful climax as some heartbreakingly soft notes are added to further evoke feelings of indescribable melancholy. They seem almost entirely separate to the piece and yet add such powerful extra dimension to this song, that it is as if Richard D James is explaining to you himself, exactly the emotions he is experiencing. The piece then takes a sudden change of mood, as some confused feeling of anger enters it only to convey the futility of their “trying”, if that somehow makes any sense. This anger then disappears before the song slowly plunges in to silence and fades to black, leaving me in a solitary state of inward looking awe.
As ridiculous as it sounds, I really felt a connection with Richard D James, while listening to this piece, this song was nothing but pure, unsullied, heart-felt, emotion made in to music. For me, it explains perfectly what it is to be human. It illustrates so flawlessly what it is like to feel deep, deep, emotions to the extent that all others are eclipsed. I find it incredibly hard to put in to words exactly what this song conjures in me as it is just emotion, I don’t have the words to explain how it seems step in to the listener and grab them by the insides.
And I don’t know how he did it. It is beyond my capability to ever write something like this and I would never try to. I lack the capacity to do anything more than listen to and appreciate it. But, I’m glad I’m able to just that and I hope others can too, as I think this a truly special song worth listening to.
Just finished coding up my new Tumblr theme, after a day of designing and two days of coding :) It’s not entirely finished, as I still need to design a sidebar, which I’ll get done sometime in the future. There’s a couple of other small things I need to fix (mainly alignment issues) but they should be easy to fix. Anyway, let me know what you think of it! :)
I think about language a lot during the day, particularly when I speak it. I like to try and figure out if what I’m saying really makes sense, if you know what I mean. The English language is filled with little things that just don’t make: The verb ‘to get’, probably, being the biggest one. We use it for everything: I got sick, I got home, I got dressed, I got better, I get it, I got a present. The list goes on and on and makes me wonder how hard it must be to understand this verb if English isn’t your second language.These sort of things exist in all languages and I like to think about them a lot, as it helps me with French and particularly Spanish.
However, getting on to the main point of this; something occurred to me yesterday that, I guess, sort of amused me, why do we have a word for the colour pink but not for light orange? Pink is just a lighter shade of red (roughly 30-40% lighter*) just the same as ‘light’ orange is just a lighter shade of orange, yet, we don’t have a word for it. The same goes for navy: navy is just a darker shade of blue, but, in this case, it is enough to justify an entirely new name rather than just calling it ‘dark’ blue.
You may be thinking to yourself that we do actually have words for light orange or light green, etc. For instance, light orange might called ‘apricot’ or ‘pistachio’ but, we don’t really give them their own names, instead, we liken them to something similar in colour.
Anyway, this turned out a little more ranty than I intended so I’ll end it here before this ends up being far longer than it should be for such a ridiculous article!