I have been digging on this track for a couple of days now. It’s a bit of the kind of brash hipster electropop fluff that I normally can’t stand. Songs like this usually make me want to start killing people (starting with the musicians and ending with their fans), but for some reason this song just works for me. Maybe it’s the lyrics. They are nice and minimal with a bit of snark thrown in (“I’ve been in every club that a lonely man loves”) but they aren’t overworked. But in the end, I’m pretty sure that it is the video that won me over. You just can’t beat fanny packs, strippers and drag queens. It’s safe for work if your work is made of awesome, otherwise you might get some weird looks from co-workers!
Archives For Vision
On The Generation Of Image And Its Woes
This one was written on May Day of this year. It was supposed to be the first piece in a project of May/Beltane themed poetry and music. That project never got completed. This poem was meant to accompany the video for “Another May Dance”.
A May Song And another may dance And another may sing And lonely in the square Little girls spin and twirl in rings And another may dance And another year turns And are we not aware Of the things that we still must learn And here in this forgotten wood And here in this burning air And here in this cyclone of seasons The feathers catch my fall And another may dance And another heart breaks And slowly we'll dance there Until the sun and dreamers wake
For May Day this year, I recorded two pieces of music. One is an ambient/drone and the other is a more beat/percussion based piece. I had planned to do videos for the both of them and have them out the door and onto the intertubes with a quickness. But, as my wife broke her tibia and can’t walk for a couple of months leaving me to pick up the extra slack around the house, I have gotten a wee bit behind. That has worked out for the best, though. With the extra time it has taken to get these tracks out into the wild, I have decided to release the videos for the two May Day tracks as well as add two companion pieces along with some poetry and make a short EP to put up on my Bandcamp site. I am (hopefully) going to make this a month long project, and release a part of the package in various places every Monday in May.
So today is the official release of the video for Another May Dance. It is a 9.5(ish) minute long ambient piece. This is one of my favorite pieces that I have written. It is a true ambient piece in the tradition of Brian Eno. You can let it wash over you as you passively listen, but active listening brings out details and textures that are hidden to the casual listener. There is a simplicity and calmness to it that I really dig, but there is also a bit of menace underlying the track. In the cycle of May Day celebrations, Another May Dance would be the vigil leading up to the lighting of the Beltane fires (which is what happens in next weeks video).
Also the two other EPs on my Bandcamp site are both pay what you want with no minimum.