I seem to be on a muzak kick this week. Sanna Annukka illustrated the new album by Keane, Under the Iron Sea. On Keane’s web site there’s an interview with her. The interview is divided into three parts, about her work, the process for the actual album and inspirations.
There’s the obvious questions about did she listen to the album which she replies “I must have listened to the album at least a hundred times by now. I think it’s a very strong collection of songs and it certainly had an influence on my artwork. I had never really listened to any of Keane’s previous stuff apart from ‘Bedshaped’. I was familiar with that song, so I wasn’t totally aware of what to expect from their second album. I have to say my favorite songs from the new album are ‘A Bad Dream’ and ‘Try again,’ I think they are excellent.” And to the question of a booklet telling a story “Basically, I created lots of elements (illustrations) inspired from each of the songs and the plan was to merge all the elements into a surreal world or a dream sequence. There is no definite narrative but lots of little ones that merge in and out of each other. I want the viewer to keep noticing new things in the sequence.”
And if you’re wondering, the album is pretty good and yes I did listen to it while writing this post.
You can read the interview at www.keanemusic.com/keane/sanna.html and www.zeegenrush.com
There are two or maybe three really good radio stations out there that people consistently site as great resources for new and quality music. They’re KEXP, the Current and KCRW. But even those stations fall into predictable patterns of tunes, and eventually get a little old. If you’re fall into that eclectic category looking for more, check out the Hype Machine. At first glance it’s a little confusion, but once you’ve pressed a couple ”listen” buttons, it becomes very easy to understand. It’s essentially a site that grabs mp3 files that people have blogged about and allows you to listen to the music. They also link to the original blog post, so it theory you could save the mp3 file to your desktop from the blog site you’re reading from. After doing some searching I was pretty happy with the depth of music.
But what about the stuff I don’t know about yet, but still is great? The home page is updated on a pretty regular basis, come back in a hour and a lot will have changed. Start listen to the first tune you see and their player pops up. Don’t like the first song, press a button and a new selection pops up. Eventually you’ll hear something that you didn’t know existed.
Thanks for the fyi Christian
Treat yourself, it’s been a busy week. Go out and buy some muzak. Amos Lee’s album Roots and Elvis Costello’s North have been two of my favs for a while. Ok, I’ve only been listening to them for the last three weeks. But if you don’t know what to get, maybe try those two.