One of my favorite things in life is to accidentally stumble upon new music (or at least new-to-me music) that I fall hopelessly in love with. And my newest love affair is with a group called Elbow.
If Peter Gabriel and Radiohead had a love child and they used Kate Bush as their nanny, Elbow would be their prodigal progeny.
Anyway, I heard the song and immediately lept to my phone to Shazam it. Which then led to an iTunes download. Which led to Wikipedia. Which led to more downloads– specifically the critically acclaimed album “The Seldom Seen Kid”.
Which I simply cannot get enough of.
The music is simply gorgeous- lush and interesting and the lead singer’s voice has this rich, husky quality that marries perfectly with the overall sound. And that sound is evocative and emotive and epic
And as for the lyrics?
This is a group that writes the music to surround the poetic lines, not lyrics to fit a musical hook. They don’t concern themselves with writing 3 minute, derivative and forgettable pop songs. Nope, Elbow writes music.
I keep unearthing gems in their songs as I delve in with headphones– things that lyrically grab me and make me smile:
We took the town to town last night; We kissed like we invented it
The violets explode inside me when I meet your eyes, then I’m spinning and I’m diving like a cloud of starlings… Darling is this love?
And the street is singing with my feet, And dawn gives me a shadow I know to be taller.
Paper cup of the boat, heaving chest of the sea, carry both of us– or swallow her, swallow me
These are but little snippets from the larger brilliance, and when you hear them with the music… Ah.
Mirror all is my current “can’t stop listening” song, although Starlings is close. And I keep retuning to “Blanket of Night”. So poignant.
If you are looking for good music, I highly recommend Elbow (and the entire Seldom Seen Kid album).
PS. It also works really well as background music for Adult Funtime.