Monthly Archives: January 2012

Red Riding Hood

This may make me sound strange, but I kind of like the film. There’s moments of beauty in it that make any of the less perfect elements disappear in a rose-tinted haze.

What really grabbed me was the soundtrack, however. Yes, I may be a guitarist in a metal band, but I’ll listen to anything once. Okay, most things.

Much of it has a laid-back electronic feel, which I count amongst my guilty pleasures in life. ‘The Wolf’ is one of many people’s favourite tracks from the album, but it doesn’t really do it for me.

‘Just A Fragment Of You’ is a beautiful piece and in my top list from the soundtrack. It works as a stand alone, but the use in the film is a perfect fit, as with pretty much every track. I physically cannot listen to it without a tear in my eye and this is a good thing. I have an entire essay (that may appear some day) in my head about the whole emotional resonance of music and the associated healing or harming power, but this is not the time or place.

‘End Suite’ is again a beautiful, moving and downright haunting piece. It pulls with warm pad sounds and then throws over some laid back clean guitar in to the mix. It works and that is all that matters.

‘Crystal Visions’ by The Big Pink shares some of the feeling and the fact that they follow each other is no coincidence, I’m sure. It then evolves to the electro rock feeling associated with the band and occasionally really crunches , making me feel more valid for enjoying it 😉

Now, I mentioned ‘The Wolf’ earlier and there was a reason for this. This appears courtesy of Fever Ray and to some of you, that provokes the response of ‘Fever who?’. Before that, I want to mention ‘Keep the Streets Empty for Me’ as this is also a Fever Ray contribution. The vocals were very familiar to me and I was racking my brain for it, whilst enjoying the smoky, trip hop feel. Then I remembered JosĂ© GonzĂĄlez. His version of ‘Heartbeats’ was in an advertisement for Sony and this was originally by Swedish electronic duo The Knife… vocal duty generally falling to Karin Dreijer Andersson, who uses the name Fever Ray for many solo projects.

Needless to say, one of my random decisions to watch something unusual has led to me indulging another guilty pleasure. I strongly recommend anyone to take a listen to the soundtrack, whether you have watched the film itself or not. If you enjoy it, don’t thank me. Just pass it on again.

Amazon has the film here.

A Long Break

Apologies for the long break, but I’ve been planning. Or plotting. Your choice.

I am hereby committing to at least a weekly post. If this does not happen, you can post a comment with your contact details so that I can give you my address to be kicked in the shins.

That’s a pretty big incentive for me, I’ll tell you.

Not to say that only one a week is enough. But it’s a minimum.

Oh, and why not watch this video whilst you’re here? 😉

Poor Arsene Wenger…

Breakfast nearly spat across my laptop watching this gif.

Not even sure what makes it so funny, but it works for me.

Happy Friday and take it easy.

(A Belated) Happy New Year!

Some interesting things can happen in life, all without you knowing it. Sometimes, these even happen to you.

I’ve never gone for ‘resolutions’ as, based on general trends, they mean little as an overall concept. This is my personal opinion and well done to anyone who is still plugging away and generally has success in making those changes.

However, this word seems to be the right one for my new life choices and I think they are something everyone can buy into.

I was tempted to go for a list, but it can be summed up in one word: live.

And hey, this is our last year, right?

Although, there’s a whole raft of theories about that…

But seriously, just be good to each other and make this year yours.