Monday, June 16, 2008

Song of the day

"Who Built The Road", by Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan. They may not be the critics' darlings, their ideas may not be entirely original and their influences may be obvious, but I could suffer to hear many more songs like this before I became bored and destructive. The pairing is perhaps as unlikely as the Screaming Trees/Beat Happening split LP from all those long years ago, but the voices are perfect and they fit together perfectly, and the entire feel of the enterprise is spot on. (Not to mention the font used on the front cover.) It could only be in a world where music is too free and easily obtainable that something like this could fail to ignite a spark of interest. (See also the wonderful album by She & Him, subtle and timeless, exquisitely arranged, and harking back to a time of youthful innocence (perhaps even that of your parents) when songs could just be songs, and "authenticity" was not a questionable concept. I miss the old days.)