December 12th

These blog posts are thinning out to say the least, partly because I'm busy, and partly because I've already said a lot of things I wanted to. Which is better, repeating yourself endlessly, or staying silent once you've said your piece?

Quote of the Week

  • "This house has been far out at sea all night, |The woods crashing through darkness, the booming hills, |Winds stampeding the fields under the window |Floundering black astride and blinding wet |Till day rose; then under an orange sky |The hills had new places, and wind wielded |Blade-light, luminous black and emerald, |Flexing like the lens of a mad eye." - Ted Hughes, Wind

Monday, 12 December 2011

Beautiful voices.

Wow. Six months since my last post.

I thought I'd do something a little different here, since university and jobs and social things are getting quite droll now, and I really do want to not have to think of important things all the time. Instead, I'd like to pay tribute to some of the best vocalists I've heard, mostly inthe 21st century. Enjoy.

The vocalist here is Soundmouse, and I love this because of the way she harmonises - there are vocalists who are good at singing over a song, till the instrumentals disappear, but sometimes what you need is a more subtle approach.

Cee Lo Green has some considerable talents. Combined with Danger Mouse's composition, he rocks the microphone like a reborn Marvin Gaye.

Some of you might remember this song in the movie "V For Vendetta". Cat Power has that ageless voice that captures the imagination.

Skye Edwards, front vocalist for Morcheeba and labelled the 'voice of soul'.

Beth Gibbons, in a slow-burning song that builds into a sonic soundscape. Instrumentals from Rustin Man.

Florence Welch's voice needs no description. Bizarre, gothic lyrics somehow fit perfectly with her upbeat voice.

*Good music needs a good sundsystem to give it justice.

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