Monday, May 29, 2006

Evocative, ethereal, beyond words

George Fulp talks about a place "beyond faith."
I like music that is "beyond words"...even if it has words.

Evoactive, ethereal, often instrumental music. Start here, maybe:

1)Boards of Canada
".. if we're spiritual at all it's purely in the sense of caring about art and inspiring people with ideas."

2)Caspian "What if the listener were the conductor?"

3)Sigur Ros They sound like God weeping tears of gold in heaven. --Melody Maker

Geoffredy Edwards on Sigur Ros: 1. If you can imagine the mix-tape Jesus makes every Christmas for Buddha, you might approximate half the overall impact of Ágætis Byrjun. 2. Lead singer, Jonsi sounds as though he's (having himelf) reorganized by seraphim wielding sold platinum vise-grips. 3. This album shimmers--Stars are going to have to find another word for whatever it is that they do. 4. If the Mormon Tabernacle Choir teamed up with Handel to record the collected liturgical music of the Hare Krishnas, the result could not be so transcendent as Ágætis Byrjun. 5. . . .like God using Radiohead as hand-puppets. 6. How perversely ironic that only Icelanders have found a way to pack a winters' worth of radiant warmth onto five inches of plastic. 7. The lyrics, written in a combination of Icelandic and an imaginary language called "Hopelandic," sound startlingly like retarded Cherubs placing an order in a Korean restaurant. 8. . . . like freebasing Mercury Rev through a unicorn horn. 9. Ágætis Byrjun on the car stereo turns rolling through the Burger King drive-thru into a cinematic slo-mo transaction with sublime eternities. 10. A big bunch of (wimps) making such exquisite sounds, you barely want to (kick 'em around)

"If Radiohead and Sigur Ros had a baby and it played a harp, it might sound a little like this when it grew up. Ethereal mix of romantic classical and modern minimalism..."

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