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Songs What I Does Like: Chapter Five

Oops - over a month since the last one! And I've forgotten half the songs I wanted to squee about. Oh well. Nevermind. Here you go:

"Coraline", Rose Berlin (listen here)
Shoegaze(?)
UK/USA

This is the most recent song to be added to my love list, and as such is my current obsession. Yesterday, I was listening to LastFM radio when a song by Azam Ali came on. By sheer luck I happened to glance at my Scrobbler, and saw that the track had been taken from an album called Neil Gaiman - Where's Neil When You Need Him? As a massive Gaiman fan my curiosity was peaked, and I went in search of this treasure. It turned out to be an album full of specially recorded songs inspired by his stories - with artists that I already love, such as Rasputina, Tapping the Vein, Deine Larken, Hungry Lucy, Voltaire, Tori Amos and The Cruxshadows. It actually came out in 2006, but hey ... I never claimed to be current. :P Anyway, this is my favourite song from the album. It's just so dreamy and beautiful, and I love the whispered refrain of "We are small but we are many, we are many we are small, we were here before you rose and we will be here when you fall" and "We have teeth and we have tails, we have tails and we have eyes, we were here before you fell and we will be here when you rise". 

"Never Mind", Dizraeli & The Small Gods (listen here)
Hiphop folk
UK

This. Is. GLORIOUS. Intelligent hiphop with a bit of double bass and violin? Hell to the yes. I think the lyrics are very clever and the music compliments it wonderfully; these are a bunch of seriously talented musicians. Even if hiphop isn't your usual genre (it's not mine), I recommend a listen. It's a wonderfully catchy tune and just makes me want to dance; on that note, see the video for the rabbit dance. Nevermind Gangam Style, this shit is where it's at! 

"Cupido", Qntal (listen here)
Electro-medieval
Germany

Another LastFM triumph. I was aware of this band before; I heard them a while ago, thought "Ooh! I like these" and then forgot all about them. As you do. But this song came on my radio and, as with Dizraeil above, it just made me feel totally upbeat and energetic. If you're puzzling over the genre tagging, then it is literally as it says ... medieval style music with an electronic twist. Check them out if you've not listened to this style before. :)

"Undertow", Nightwish (listen here)
Orchestral (from a symphonic metal background)
Finland

This is from the soundtrack to their movie, Imaginaerum (which I haven't seen yet. I can't get over the fact that one of the characters appears to be the Crazy Frog). I didn't buy it when I saw it in HMV, as I was concerned it was just going to be orchestral versions of songs from the album of the same name; many of the song titles were lyrics from the songs. I mean, I have absolutely nothing against orchestral versions, but I would have been a bit annoyed to buy both albums. Anywho, I got it as a cheaper MP3 download from Amazon. And I was right - but only to an extent. They have used some of their songs in these orchestral pieces, but often only as samples. There's a lot of original stuff here, too. I like this song a lot because it's very grand and excellent writing music - I love the way it builds up at the beginning. 

"The Treasure Caves", Diane Arkenstone (listen here)
New Age (instrumental)
I have absolutely no idea where she's from ... someone with better search skills help me out?

More from the LastFM vault! I've been listening to their radio a lot lately because I find it useful way to find appropriate writing music. This song popped up the other day and I was entranced by it; it's instrumental apart from a few female vocals (hers, I believe; she's a trained opera singer) and is exceptionally dreamy. I often find New Age to be a little bit ... twee, but this is just stunningly executed. It is fairly repetitive - the same sounds are looped - but it's not annoying and, as I've said, it makes for excellent writing music becauset just carries you away and holds you there without any nasty surprises. Very pretty stuff.

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music_girl
Nov. 20th, 2012 03:27 pm (UTC)
I need to do something like this. I've been wanting to forever.
-Kris
cinestress
Nov. 20th, 2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
I love the Where's Neil When you Need Him? album. I got it back when it came out when I saw Hungry Lucy. I think that is one of my favorite songs, too.
harnessphoto
Nov. 21st, 2012 01:06 am (UTC)
I adore Nightwish.
herecirm
Nov. 21st, 2012 12:53 pm (UTC)
:o For reals? For some reason I didn't have you down as a Nightwish fan. That's awesome. :)
harnessphoto
Nov. 21st, 2012 05:28 pm (UTC)
My taste in music frequently surprises people. Ghost Love Score is one of my all time favorite songs. In fact, the entire Once album is some of my favorite driving music. There were several months when I just listened to it on repeat every time I was in my car.
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