Radiohead – Harry Patch (In Memory Of) (Stream at the BBC)
Who’s Harry Patch? No clue (sorry), but apparently his death was meaningful to the boys at Radiohead so they released this little tribute to him. And well, it’s okay, I guess. Sounds like it belongs in some cheesy pull-at-your-emotions scene in some Hollywood flick. Think about it… Listen and pretend, oh, I don’t know, Celine Dion is singing it and then tell me what you’d think of it? Now imagine it playing after we see Leonardo DiCrappio sinking into the water, frozen and dead.
Almost tear-inducing (for a mid-90’s 13 year old girl! Oh SNAPS!)…
Okay, this is pretty cool… it’s got a few idea that seem to start and stop while the verse & melody basically repeats over and over. Got a bit of a “work song” feel layered with a bit of trippy technicolor-ness implied by the title! Very cool…. will have to check out more from these, uh, Nurses.
“Suicide” initially sounds like it belongs on a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack, all fuzzy and retro struuuum, as if Nancy Sinatra should take the microphone at any second, that is until the chorus kicks in and suddenly we are transported to a European discotheque!
I can see it now, a bunch of bubbly disco girls bouncing around when the chorus takes off lip-syncing about suicide, while skeezy pony-tailed dudes with perfectly quaffed and trimmed “beards” look on..
Lou Barlow – Gravitate
LOOOOU! There’s a name for you, Lou. Everyone loves Lou, unless he’s coming around to break your legs or something…. But this is Lou Barlow and his song “Gravitate”. This one’s pretty nice, fits in well with Nurses “Technicolor”, with the hat old school “work song” kinda feel. Here though, Lou, who sounds like Matthew Sweet vocally, builds a mostly acoustic dirge, if you will that quickly drives along while you toil in the field… Nice.
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