Musette and Drums: Cocteau Twins
>Cocteau Twins is a pretty well known and acknowledged band from the way back 80s. This is my current fave song of theirs. It's intense.
Tropikalia: HK 119
Heidi Kilpeläinen is an shockingly beautiful Finnish woman. As a performance artist and musician she makes herself very scary and genderless. I respect that. This song is a very funny/frightening song about climate change if it were sung by Jessica Rabbit on angeldust.
Tenebrae: John Maus
A very weird song about the crucifixion of you-know-who. It has a really bizarre, sick lo-fi 8track kinda thing going on. At about 3 min 45 secs in the song he does a synth solo that is like a laxative in my brain.
Skin of the Night: M83
This song is real pretty and sexy, sounds a little like a Berlin song. Great lyrics and a nice duet. Leave it to the French.
L'Amour Et La Violence: Sebastian Tellier.
Tellier has a gorgeous voice, plays piano beautifully and looks like a sleazy lounge singer. There is a beautiful vintage electronic build up in the song that makes me sad. :(
Out There on the Ice: Cut/Copy.
Cut/ Copy on the surface has a very campy and fun early 90s dance thing happening. This song reminds me a lot of watching the Winter Games as a child. My mind always drifts to thoughts of of the dynamics of success and failure in my family. And it sounds like a hockey game!
Flourescent Half Dome: Dirty Projectors
This song is really pretty and I like the very visual/abstract nature of the band's lyrical style. This song to me, is that at its pinnacle.
Kingfisher: Joanna Newsom
Ms Newsom if you're nasty. She's my all time 2nd favorite musician. Amazing voice and harp. Her writing and compostion skills, for a lady in her mid 20s is inhuman. Her immaculate lyrics are completely fleshed out and sprawling. This song stands out to me as it is less a narrative of her past, but more how she is uncertain of how that is constructing what will come.
This song knocked my socks off in 2003. It features Inuit throat singing by Tanya Tagaq. It communicates a lot of very painful feminine expression very successfully with no language (that I can understand) and is very primitive and beautiful.
The Captain: The Knife
The Knife is completely bad ass. This song reminds me a lot of colonization or the discovery of the New World by way of a really shitty VHS copy.