Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Orchestral Ice

After thwarting the month of May's nefarious plans to kill me, I find myself trying to return my life to some sense of normalcy. The first step in this process is always, and will always be, music. It started with a healthy dose of listening and now I'm back to trying to write again.

It is therefore appropriate that today, I write about an artist who carried me a lot through the past couple of months. I began listening to Icelander, Olafur Arnalds, back at the start of April, however, it's only now that I'm able to return the favour and share the love with you.

Arnalrds is part of a new movement of mixing together traditional orchestral instruments - strings, pianos, etc. - with electronic loops and ambient sounds. It sounds like it could be massively disastrous, however, he pulls it off with a grace and elegance that make his songs euphoric listening experiences. He rise to indie fame through online collaborations and distribution has made him a name in both the pop and classical circles and earned him a few opportunities to have his songs played with full orchestral accompaniment.

-Beat my vestigial heart to hurt my vestigial brain

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Today, I really needed this

Perhaps one of my favourite things about music, if not the best thing about music, it it's ability to transform human emotion in a heartbeat. No matter what the situation, no matter what the context, no matter how I'm feeling, I'm always amazed by how quickly a song can change everything and make my day 1000 times better, or at least more understandable, tolerable and manageable.

Today was one of those days... and this was one of those songs.

-You keep talking 'bout all your sticks and stones and broken bones and words that you keep sayin

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Winning the Internet

Every now and then, one finds a video so strangely wonderful, that one simply must sit back a moment, appreciate it's creator and applaud proudly at said creator for winning the internet.

*slow clap for The Avalanches*

-Ain't gonna stop until the day grows long, got my hands tied tight and this feeling all wrong