I guess if you’ve been a teen/adolescent/young adult in the 80ies and 90ies, there was no way around Depeche Mode. 1991’s “Violator” marks the peak of the “classic” DM sound, and is probably their best album – it concludes their original “electronic” phase and “Enjoy the Silence” would be a good candidate for my “songs to play loud” series but instead, my pick is from the album that followed, “Songs Of Faith And Devotion”, which marked a departure from the synth-heavy DM sound, introducing guitars and an overall grungier sound. Continue reading “Walking In My Shoes”
It may perhaps be considered blasphemous 🙂 to add a cover version of a Melanie classic to my compilation of songs to play loud but I think that even die-hard Melanie fans will agree that Emiliana Torrini’s interpretation of Melanie’s “I really loved Harold” (link goes to the original, on YouTube) has something to it – the difference for me is in the refrain especially, and its instrumentation in the cover version: together with Torrini’s voice, it has an impact that makes me crank up the volume every time: Continue reading “I really loved Harold”
The next addition to my “songs to play loud” compilation is Crystal Castles‘ “Not In Love” (from their second album), where Robert Smith of The Cure provides his unique voice for the vocals. The whole track sounds incredibly “dirty” and clipped, something I’m actually not too fond of, but I tolerate it here 😉 because of the effect it has. Continue reading “Not In Love”
On a recent “trip down memory lane” to some good old EBM I listened to the “Neurodancer” version of Front 242’s “Tragedy For You” again for the first time in years and boy, what a track. Truly one for my “songs to play loud” series. 🙂 Continue reading “Neurodancer”
Yesterday I saw an older guy with a Metallica t-shirt and found that funny and cool – because Metallica is a symbol of the rebellious years of my youth and adolescence for me. I guess that’s true for a lot of the attractiveness of Heavy Metal, Punk Rock, or any other type of music that young folks perceive as provocative and “different.” A phenomenon that goes back to at least the Beatles and Elvis Presley of course – but I digress. Continue reading “Getting older is weird”
Moby has created some beautiful long-form ambient tracks, and offers them in the shape of an oversized album as a free download: Long Ambients1: Calm. Sleep.
The tracks have vague reminiscences of Aphex Twin and Hecq here and there – minus the darker notes of Hecq, and, though repetitive (of course), also minus the more noodling aspects of Aphex Twin. This was a spontaneous first association that I had – I’ve yet to see if it’ll hold up after repeated listens. 🙂
I’ve been listening to it while processing photos and it’s well worth a listen – or many!
Not too long ago* I said that I still prefer physical music releases over digital download. This has changed a bit in the meantime, as some artists simply stopped physical releases altogether, and other who don’t have the resources to do a physical release in the first place produce music that is just as good as those from “big names” in the scene. Continue reading “Download Discrimination”
In betweem, something about music and “thanks algorithms” – yes, really (I hate Facebook’s algorithm). I was looking for a song from the early “technosound” days of German electronic music in the early 90ies, or something – Klangwerk’s “Die Kybernauten”… Continue reading “Techno Bert?!”
In the past couple of days while making breakfast, I’ve often found myself humming the melody of the old, old C64 game music Yie Ar Kung Fu in the kitchen – and I had absolutely no clue how and why that melody got into my head. Continue reading “Yie Ar Kung Fu”
I just read a quite scathing review that someone left on The Sister of Mercy’s “Floodland” album from 1987. Quite obviously, I didn’t agree with the negative criticism because… well, I’ve been there. I bought that album after I heard “This Corrosion” and saw the video. It was 1987, I was 16. And I was hooked. I bought the Floodland album, and I love it, to this day. Continue reading “The Sisters of Mercy”