so I just finished my semester exams. Days and days and days of endless stress, nervous panicky laughter, coffee and energy drinks. Did you know coca cola produces an energy drink called Nalu, only in Belgium and Luxembourg? You do now. Anyway, exams this year were a bit different musically. I usually take up some odd obsession mid-December (remember HIM? that was some crazy shit, I still don't know how I managed to listen to them 3000+ times in just six weeks), and then stick with it for at least a month or so after exams have ended.
This year however, it was more like a rapid succession of obsessions. A recap.
1 It started with Angels In America, which is actually a mini-series, but the music is definitely important to the story. The theme tune is soooo beautiful. The series is beautiful. Anyone who hasn't seen it, I strongly recommend it, it will make you hate, laugh, cry, question the entire world and sometimes all those at the same time. Seriously.
2 Then, there was Buster Keaton. My god, that deadpan face is just priceless. Such a fine actor, such a crazy bmf.
3 I think at that point it was also Paramore, but only with these three songs: Crushcrushcrush, Ignorance & Decode (again). I don't really know why either, I have nothing against them but I don't like their other stuff either. Those songs are just pleasant to listen to. The woman can sing, that, too.
4 After that one came one of the classics, The Strokes. Who have a new album on the way! We have brilliance ahead of us! Julian's beautiful deep voice makes just about any song epic, even this
one. But mostly the stuff on Room on Fire.
5 I then went on to Kasabian (Hi, Tom Meighan, you're my hero). Need I say more, they are awesomeness on a stick.
6 Oh but now. My latest obsession is The Music. I knew them from when Welcome To The North came out, and I have always bought their albums and have listened to them with great pleasure and appreciation, but somehow I never spotted the actual geniosity of it all. Until now, that is. I was on YouTube watching Kasabian videos and suddenly out of nowhere found myself wondering if The Music had ever released videos. I looked it up, found Getaway, remembered how freaking awesome that song is, and then and there it happened, really. I started listening to their early stuff. My god, words cannot describe how exciting they were. First, there's that insane blend of guitars and sounds I won't even try to place, and then there's Rob Harvey's voice, which is really in a category of its own, almost incomprehensively singing over all that noise. Their B-sides and their debut album The Music (good luck trying to find thát on Google) are really impressive, especially if you consider their age. I would even dare say what they did was more impressive than what Arctic Monkeys did on their debut.
Sadly, tt's really no wonder Welcome to The North was no success. I owned that album first, thought it rocked, and it does. In its own right it's a wonderful album with many strong songs. Cessation, Breakin', I need Love, to name a few. But compared to the early stuff, something's definitely missing. The sounds they produced as teenagers easily overclass everything they did on Welcome To The North, and later on Strength In Numbers. On those albums, they became pretty straight forward, Rob's voice is more distinct (and he articulates - well, kind of - which kind of makes everything less mysterious) and the general 'wtf is happening?' feeling is gone. And, to make matters worse, they don't even exist anymore. Truly a band that never reached its full potential, I think. And who knows how mindblowing that would have sounded? So much promise. I really hope they get back together in the future. They are being missed, that's for sure... just go check out the comments section for basically any video of theirs on YouTube.
Maybe they could do like The Verve. Just call it quits and start again and then do that three times in a row :).
Okay, I didn't mean to write a book. I got carried away. Besides, I mainly write this for myself anyway, haha.
Here's a list of the songs I listened to most these past 37 or so days of isolation.
1 Angels In America - Thomas Newman
2 The Mormons - Thomas Newman
3 Quartet - Thomas Newman
4 Crushcrushcrush - Paramore
5 Ignorance - Paramore
6 Decode - Paramore
7 Whatever Happened - The Strokes
8 Reptilia - The Strokes
9 Heart In A Cage - The Strokes
10 Automatic Stop - The Strokes
11 Alone, Together - The Strokes
12 Someday - The Strokes
13 Evening Sun - The Strokes
14 Ize Of The World - The Strokes
15 Fire - Kasabian
16 Shoot The Runner - Kasabian
17 L.S.F. - Kasabian
18 Cut Off - Kasabian
19 Processed Beats - Kasabian
20 Empire - Kasabian
21 The Doberman - Kasabian (seriously, that ending is some delicious stuff)
22 Getaway - The Music
23 Float - The Music
24 Disco - The Music
25 The Dance - The Music
26 Breakin' - The Music
27 The People - The Music
28 The Truth Is No Words - The Music
29 Take The Long Road and Walk It - The Music
30 Jag Tune - The Music
31 Dragon Song - The Music
32 Karma - The Music
33 You Might As Well Try To Fuck Me - The Music
34 Welcome To The North - The Music
35 Cessation - The Music
36 I Need Love - The Music
37 Strength In Numbers - The Music