FRIDAY NIGHT VIDEOS!
No, not THAT kind of drone…the OTHER kind.
I hope it’s not sexist to say that Stereolab singer Laetitia Sadier, in their “Jenny Ondioline” video, is one of the most sensually-beautiful women I have ever seen in my life.
I spared you guys the 18-minute version of that song (but that’s your loss).
When I finally saw Stereolab live, I was thinking of their kitschy side, but I had for some reason forgotten their early obvious debt to MBV also. I was wholly unprepared for the way they scorched that room and melted my face.
An aside: when I was idly searching for info on the above song, I came across this lovely little bit of writing which I really enjoyed, even as it pointed out to me how pedestrian my own music writing is in comparison (and AFAICT the person who wrote that piece didn’t take even pseudonymous credit for it!), and how simplistic my own appreciation and “use” of music usually is – almost wholly functional, and ideally experienced as emotional deliriant.
There are notable exceptions, but in large part I listen to music so I don’t have to hear myself think anymore, for the opportunity to briefly lose myself in pure sensation and sound.
Here are some more sonic alchemists:
Laika – Almost Sleeping
These gals were kind of a murkier Stereolab – less obsessively fussed-over sonically, but more emotionally-direct:
Electrelane – To The East