Saturday, March 13, 2010

The London Book of the Dead

The London Book of the Dead - Real Tuesday Weld
If I hear that song about the iPod stuck on replay (Iyaz?) I’m gonna shove that iPod where the sun don’t shine. Ok, calm down. I’m not going to change listening habits appreciably or even one iota, but I would like to submit anyways that *any* song on The Real Tuesday Weld album The London Book of the Dead beats that song hands down.

This is the same artist that I raved about in a previous post. I’m still obsessed with that album but decided to broaden my horizons a bit and try another release. First, is that not a great title? From the reviews I read, the title references the Tibetan Book of the Dead in that the music is a passage from one existence to another. Second, Weld’s sonic palette of clarinet, guitar, violins, oboe, spoken word, electronic rhythms, and simple but clever lyrics is perfect. Their style has been dubbed "antique beat". Throw in some great collaborators (like the Puppini Sisters) and what’s not to like. Here are a few videos: the toe-tapping Cloud Cuckooland, Apart, and Last Words, and the Cole Porter-ish Kix.

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