In the video "Lemonade", CocoRosie’s characters wear colorful mustaches and exquisite 19th century inspired gowns while strolling through footage of a hauntingly beautiful Victorian-style mansion. The interaction between light and dark themes resonates deeply in their work, as Sierra Casady notes:
“In general, light and dark are something to balance one another in life, and as children we have not yet decided and differentiated which things are light and dark so there is this murky experience of what’s happening, we haven’t decided what is good and bad yet.”
Pensive and dramatic is right. But what seems a rather cold + lonely day just got a little bit brighter:
SoundClouder of the Day | Madeleine Hanover
Madeleine Hanover is an Australian composer primarily writing soundtracks for TV, Film, and other projects. Like many of her tracks, I’d Give You All My Time And Space immediately feels cinematic. It’s pensive and dramatic but also hopeful and dynamic, with several brief orchestral swells that accompany the piano.
At this moment in my household, there are two things that are being played and replayed by my immediate family: on the television, the movie Pitch Perfect, and in the car, Lorde’s catchy hit song ”Royals.”
Enter Florida State University’s AcaBelles to beautifully merge these two spheres. The video is nearing five million views on YouTube now and is worth posting, if only to hear an flesh-and-bone a cappella group rival those Barden Bellas. It’s a gorgeous rendition that just might compel you to loop a few times this morning — and in the process smile, groove, and contemplate the message of the song.
~Trent Gilliss, head of content
Two full days of stellar voices at this year’s PopTech can leave the head ailing from overload. The pop-folk band Hem closed was the right remedy. It was an absolute delight to have them close out the day and usher us aspiring thinkers into Maine’s evening air.
Smooth. So smooth. Perfect for a Friday evening. Grab a cocktail and ease back, my friend.
The Internet Music - Red Balloon
Music and metaphysics from Amy Ray and Emily Saliers. Yeah, that’s right, the Indigo Girls get down to some serious talk about God and religion, spirituality in performance and the lost art of protests songs.
And this track “Father Father” from Laura Mvula is one of my favorites.
One more for the night.
From our senior editor trentgilliss:
"It will be a discipline before it becomes a pleasure."
This past month, I’ve been listening non-stop to Laura Mvula’s album Sing to the Moon. She’s an incredible singer who meshes hushed, contemplative lyrics with a verve and mastery that doesn’t feel like artifice or overly produced. Even her poppier songs are clean and refreshing. She’s her own woman, her own artist, who is comfortable in her own skin — for which I’m entirely thankful.
Brilliant on a Sunday night.
What an absolutely splendid way to usher out the day, thanks to explore-blog:
This is amazing: A mesmerizing Beach Boys vocals inspired by the physics of church bells from Alexander Chen, who wrote code to draw a circle for each note of the song using a mathematical relationship between a the circumference of a circular surface and pitch. A fine addition to these synesthetic visualizations of music.
~Trent Gilliss, senior editor
Vocalise - Étude
Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-Soprano
An enchanting recording.