I’ve been listening to Flyleaf, Björk Volta (was on continuous repeat all of today in my iPod), Portishead Third, Moby Last Night, Guano Apes Proud Like a God.
I really love female vocalists, especially in indie or alternative bands.
Rediscovering Flyleaf made me think of Guano Apes. I started reading about Sandra Nasic. I started listening to Björk again because the video clip Wanderlust just came out yesterday.
The one song that I wanted to hear today while I was commuting was The Rip by Portishead on the new album Third. I didn’t have it on my iPod. It’s a complicated situation. I only had time to synch my songs on my iPod when I left Taiwan, not copy the songs onto my portable HD. Everything was pretty much last minute. I don’t know why. I had lots of time to prepare, but only bought the portable HD the day before leaving.
I’m listening to it right now. The song kept echoing in my head while I was riding around town on the bus. It’s a wonderful song. I’ve received some nice comments on my Portishead Third review that I posted on the weekend. They are much appreciated. I tried to write how the music made me feel more than anything else, instead of writing a dry usual review, which I wrote by the hundreds when I was running my electronic e-zine Horripilations (98-03).
During the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in Minehead England in December 2007, Portishead played their first full live set in 10 years, featuring five new songs – “Hunter”, “Machine Gun”, “Wicca” (retitled as “Silence”) “Mystic” (retitled as “The Rip”) and “Peaches” (retitled as “We Carry On”) which appear on Third.The album was leaked onto torrent sites in its entirety and in high quality (320kbps). I’ve listening to the album during most of the day while a winter storm furiously beats down snowfall and searing winds. It’s haunting, incredible, modern, dark and moody. Beth Gibbons’ haunting voice still evokes incredible emotions.
I’ve got no idea why Third was leaked onto the internet. Millions of fans are waiting for this album. It will be a success. It will go quadruple platinum. Portishead will go on another whirlwind tour of the world, playing to sold out venues and stadiums all over the place. Gibbons, Barrow and Utley came out with a masterpiece. I didn’t know what to expect when I got this album. I’ve started listening to Tricky and the old trip-hop crew once more.
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