Hello once more, little earbuds. This week has been much better than the last. I’m still not 100% well, but I managed to eat my favourite sushi on Tuesday, so that alone equals a win for me. I’ve been thinking lots of big thoughts lately about life and ambition and direction and such, and hopefully I can share more of that later on, or at least the soundtrack to my inner monologue. But for now I bring you a classic 80s synthpop song, though surprisingly, it’s new to me. Or is it?
I was browsing iTunes once again, as I am prone to do when I want to waste time online (or have a gift card to burn) when I found Trans-X on a collection of dance songs. As you probably know by now, I love to dance, and I especially love to dance to 80s music. In fact, I already owned most of the songs in said collection. However, I didn’t have this one, “Living On Video,” but its punchy keyboards and robotic beats hooked me immediately. I not only bought the original album featuring the song, but also an updated re-recording of it, both of which are pretty freakin’ awesome. However, the more that I listen to it, the more I get the feeling that I’ve heard it before, perhaps in a goth club. Maybe it’s the Leæther Strip cover that I actually know, or maybe it just sounds like a track from the movie Party Monster. I can’t exactly recall dancing to it, but there’s something oddly familiar about those synths. However, whether it’s a rediscovered favourite or just new to me, I’m totally into this track. I hope you enjoy this electronic flashback of the week!
Happy February, little earbuds! The one-year anniversary of this blog is fast approaching alongside V-Day. I can hardly believe it!
Today’s video of choice isn’t just a gem, it’s an absolute diamond in both visuals and sound. I first came upon Class Actress when it was simply Elizabeth Harper, when her sweet and lovely ditty “Let Me Take You Out” was featured on a random collection of indie songs that I found on iTunes. Fast-forward to hearing the same song on The Vampire Diaries, only this time the artist was listed as Class Actress. I enjoyed the song so much that I had to download the rest of the EP, Journal of Ardency, and let me tell you, if it had been an old-fashioned record, I would have worn through the vinyl. As light and charming as “Let Me Take You Out” was, that’s how retro-electronic and sexy the other four songs were. After a year’s wait, Class Actress finally released a debut full-length album, Rapprocher, and the stunning first single is today’s video: “Keep You.”
I’ll admit that I wasn’t immediately taken with the song, but after only a couple of listens the snappy bass lines and 80s synths had firmly wriggled their way into my brain. I find myself thinking of the song and humming it (both aloud and in my head) quite often. It’s slick and insidious and completely addicting. I thought that it couldn’t get any better, but then I found this fantastic fan-made video featuring clips from a French 60s movie called Anna. I’ve never seen the film, but the colourful mods, random dancing, and dark looks from the leading man all fit the song incredibly well. I love awesome fan videos, and this is one of the best by far. It just makes the song that much more intoxicating, and the only cure for this hangover is listening to more Class Actress! I sincerely hope that synthpop is making a comeback, because if this is the wave of the future, it’s truly music to my ears.
Today is exactly the kind of day that only music can make better, dear reader. Today is the kind of day that inspired this entire blog. I do try my best to be upbeat as much as possible, because wow, there is a crapload of stuff wrong in the world that we can easily take to heart and allow to affect us every second of every minute of every hour of every day. However, even the unsinkable Miss Pink has her rough days, and this is one of them. So what do I do to make this day better, dear reader? I’ll share my tips with you here and now:
1.) Ignore Facebook/Twitter/Myspace/whatever social network you are plugged into. Chances are you have some “friends” on there who annoy the living s*** out of you. Or perhaps everyone is just rubbing you the wrong way lately. Or maybe it’s all of the depressing news that people just love to post and repost until we all just wanna slit our wrists and be done with it. Screw it, and screw them. You don’t need someone to “like” your life, it’s great just the way it is, thank you very much.
2.) Imbibe something comforting. Hot tea, popcorn, chocolate, whatever. Take in something physical that gives you pleasure and makes you feel good. Better yet, pet a cat.
3.) Play some f***ing music, and TURN IT UP LOUD. I SAID LOUD! A beloved song is good. New music by a righteous band is even better. Behold the newest offering from Cold Cave, Cherish The Light Years. I personally recommend “The Great Pan Is Dead.” Turn that s*** up loud enough, and you won’t be able to hear any of the voices that try to bring you down, including your own. Happy Friday, little earbuds.
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By the roads I know
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