Okay, so I’m getting back into Air (the band, not the mixture of gases we breathe) after a long hiatus. I think I overplayed The Virgin Suicides soundtrack and then I couldn’t listen to them for a while… So I’m rediscovering 10,000 Hz Legend, in particular this song: “How Does It Make You Feel?” I even love the video. The song is very much like what I imagine HAL 9000 would have been like had he ever fallen in love. I guess you either get that reference or you don’t…
Anyway, speaking of loving videos – I know this isn’t the real video for Jose Gonzalez’ “Heartbeats,” (yes, it’s an advert) but I adore it regardless. How can Bouncy Balls not just make everything else terrible in the world seem alright for at least two and a half minutes? So, for comparison’s sake, I’ve also included the original song/video (the Jose Gonzalez version is a cover), which you can see here. Well? Which do you prefer? I like The Knife on their own merits (see Marble House!), but this is one of the few times when I can say I actually might like a cover more than the original song. Sorry; I’m a sellout.
And finally, I’ve really come to enjoy Imogen Heap (although I still dislike Frou Frou, go figure). “Hide and Seek” is what did it for me. Yes, the video plumbs the depths of riduculousness, mediocrity and inspidness (is insipidness a word?), but the song is lovely. I normally hate it when an artist uses vocal layering and distortion simply to make their voice sound fuller or less pitchy, but when used to artistic effect (like in “Hide and Seek”) it’s brilliant.
One last thing… Check out Pandora.