Polka Dots

I love me some polka dots.

Published in: on August 11, 2011 at 11:21 am  Leave a Comment  

The Sound of a Legend

Legend (1985) is a movie that will forever have a place in my psyche, but I give credit to the soundtrack just as much as I do the wonderful cinematography.

Take this memorable Darkness Seduction scene for example. Here it is with the US film version as scored by Tangerine Dream. This is why it is so appealing. It is totally seductive and fantastical. My friend agrees…

heatherbat: it being a waltz was a much better call, too…waltzes are seductive…they have a heartbeat rhythym to them. they make you sway.

This music makes it an intimate den of lust…

…however with the Director’s Cut score by Jerry Goldsmith, it seems more classical and formal. I do not get the sense of seduction as intimate as the previous version. I mean, don’t get me wrong, it’s totally possible to be seduced in a formal setting, but this isn’t Batman here, this is simply just a case of wonder without lust. If you’re going to be seduced by the Lord of Darkness himself, you gotta leave the choir out of the picture, because the sound of all those voices kind of turns it into a circus show with an audience…and voyeurism just doesn’t seem like Big D’s style.

Either way, Tim Curry’s voice certainly does not dampen the mood, but it DOES dampen other things. LOL

Published in: on August 9, 2011 at 3:44 pm  Comments (2)  

New Memory Tapes

If you haven’t heard of the music group called Memory Tapes, then I am terribly sorry. Granted, there are those who will tell you “…that Memory Tapes is pretty damn hipster, but that doesn’t mean you can’t like them.”

The music moods range from somber to sexy to ethereal to whimsical with a dash of dancey sprinkled in.

The vocals are androgynous and calming, regardless of the tempo of each song. But it’s the music itself (and the beats) that make this group worth a listen. I can assure you at least one of their songs will invoke some distant emotion reminiscent of longing or thoughtfulness. If not, it’s also good for late night “studying” or falling asleep.

Here’s some samples from the new album, Piano Player, out this July  (2011).

“Wait in the Dark” – A pleasant, bouncy tune with contrasting lyrics, as seems the rage these days with indie music. Fresh production win here, give it a few listens and see how it grows on you.

“Sun Hits” – This one’s a little more upbeat than the usual M.O.

“Fell Thru Ice” – Now turn the lights down and space out…

Now if you missed out on the previous album, do yourself a favor and “Seek Magic” (2009).

Here are some highlights to get you started.

“Swimming Field” – Welcome to Wonderland.

“Bicycle” – The hipster’s paradise.

“Treeship” – Study for an exam or have an out-of-body experience, up to you. BYO windchimes.


Published in: on August 3, 2011 at 11:39 am  Comments (2)