I chose todays song, due to recent occurrences. As an Austrian living in a foreign country you are often faced with conversation like the this one:
“Where to you come from?” “Austria” “Ahh Sydney?” “No, Austria, not Australia.” (I actually thought this part is often a bit exaggerated, but it happened to me often. Also quite logical, because its one of the worlds biggest countries, but lets continue) ” “Oh, Vienna, Salzburg and I love Sound of Music.” “Ahh… Sound of Music”
It is, at least for me, quite clear by now, that the movie is probably more famous in other countries than in Austria itself. I think also Falco was often confronted with this subject –on a short note, what a freaky music video. I myself, now know what it is all about, but I have never seen it entirely, but I got myself updated about the movie and the true history of the Trapp family. The movie itself is bit of weird and kitschy to me. What is quite interesting though is, that I met a lot of young people, that love the movie and actually travel to Hallstatt, Salzburg to see the scenery of the movie. It is always interesting to me, how some places of a country are famous, because of certain instances. But enough talk, here we go and at the same time let’s learn something about music. Isn’t that nice!
And the hills are alive with the sound of music, or not?
From now on I try to post a song a day (following my old school a joke a day).
The first one comes from Alt-J. This indie-pop band from Leeds have made a name to them in 2012 by winning the Mercury Prize, at least in the UK. With their album This is yours they remained on airplay with various singles. What makes them fascinating for me is their unconventional approach to songwriting and its variety on the album. The first single Hunger of the pine starts of by building a gentle sound around a simple synthesizer pattern and the warm sounding voice of John Newman. But suddenly in the process of adding layers of instruments, a drum sample combined with a piercing voice hook drops in and seemingly breaks the piece up for an instant. Enjoy the listening besides the spoilers. The official video very harshly showing a man that gets hunted down and shot by arrows. Its very high production value combined with a man running for his life and the music creates an uncanny mood while watching. Here is the link to it.