The Universe and Me

Friday, December 23, 2005

Waltzing with osbcuring sound

Since year’s end rapidly approaches, lists are being compiled on the best songs and/or albums of 2005. In looking over US lists, I might have heard of one or two artists, if not their songs. When Iceland’s Radio 2 publishes their most played song list of the year, I’ll be able to comment since most of those will be familiar. As for what I would nominate for Song of the Year, the Leaves’ “Shakma” is foremost in my mind, so I guess that would be it. Probably having nothing to do with the 1990 slasher movie of the same name about an escaped murderous baboon, the song has been described as “eight minutes of brooding majestic beauty that gets bigger and bigger as it develops, resulting in a frantic instrument-bashing wall of sound” and “jaw-dropping” and “a lingering, wide-reaching epic, drawing a beautiful soundscape, with minor to major chord changes giving the track a bittersweet feel” and with “lyrics that verbally describe the vastness of the music.” The lead singer of Leaves, Arnar Guðjónsson, says it “was like writing a symphony.” You may or may not be able to listen to the song streamed at this guy's blog. Here are the lyrics:
I'm drifting weightless far above the ground
My hands are feeling frail
I try to swim towards the soothing sound
But something slows me down.
Soon they're shining ever clear
The skyline is beautiful
The sleeping fleet is marching to the moon
The horns are blown with joy
Just passing by
Drunken starlit sky
It's a carnival in the air
And everything seems clear
The wind is waltzing with osbcuring sound
The stars are lining up
It makes me colourful and dreamy
But then I start to fall
Just passing by
Drunken starlit sky
It's a carnival in the air
And everything seems clear
It's where I feel so real
Everything seems so clear, so real
Cause when it appears to me I'm free


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