Musical Inspiration – May 3 – May 10

An article by David Brooks on May 10, 2010


My playlist for last week

My sudden addiction to the now dismembered “Heavy“ continues this week. Likely it was the songs “How You Like Me Now” and “Short Change Hero” sitting on loop that put them in my number one spot. Try as I did, I couldn’t seem to find another band quite like them this week.

I wish I could say that Massive Attack made it to the second spot because I had finally purchased their new album… Instead, it’s there because “Mezzanine“ is, in my opinion, one of the best crafted, electronic albums of all time. It’s dark, melodic and catchy beyond belief, “Teardrop“ being the pinnacle of the album.

BT again? No surprises there. This week it wasn’t “These Hopeful Machines“ that put him in number three, but a partial listen through “Emotional Technology.”

In 2000 I lived in Chile for about a month. At the time I was there La Ley’s “Fuera De Mi” was at the top of the charts, and I couldn’t go anywhere without hearing it. While I was there I didn’t care much for the song. When I returned home, maybe three months later, it popped into my head in that “I must hunt this song down” kind of way. Knowing nothing about the band I called up one of my Chilean friends who pointed me in the right direction. Later their albums “ MTV Unplugged“ and “Libertad“ went on regular rotation for me.

I have been a Hybrid fan since somewhere around 1999 or 2000. I took a chance on “Wider Angle“ and never looked back. They are, in my opinion, the perfect mix of electronic and symphonic. Their latest album “Disappear Here“ found its way into my playlist once or twice this week, though it should have been played much more than it was.

I listen to Elbow a lot in the car, so it’s unlikely that I only played one song by them this week. But, I do happen to know that the one song being reflected at is “Grounds For Divorce,” a song that may make it into my top five songs ever written list.

Delerium does a great job of making melodically electronic and world inspired music. Though a lot of their lyrics are a bit cheesy, the music is what interests me about them. I’m not sure which song it was that I was listening to this week, but I’m sure it was off the “Chimera“ album.

Lastly in this weeks’ list comes Juno Reactor, one of my favorite bands from the 1990’s and early 2000’s. For whatever reason, I had a dying urge to listen to “Pistolero”, which contains one of the best classical guitar riffs ever written along with some spectacular drum programming.

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David Brooks is the owner of the small creative studio, Northward Compass, based out of Orlando, Florida. He writes electronic and ambient music as Light The Deep, and fantasy stories about a place called Elerien.

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