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Artist: Stateless

Album: Stateless (2007)

Song: “Bloodstream”

Smooth, beautiful, and meaningful, Stateless has created a song that simply and perfectly embodies the aching of a love separated. Separated on what terms, one can’t be sure – but the connection between the speaker and the object of his desire has not dissipated. A haunting song that almost all of us can relate to, “Bloodstream” is different from the rest of Stateless’ self-titled 2007 trip-hop album. While other tracks are in different frenetic degrees but just as serious, “Bloodstream” stands out as the most memorable and poignant, though the rest of the album is certainly worth a listen, especially in the varied approaches this band has to its genre within the album, making it serve as a good introduction to the genre of Trip-Hop itself.

Suggested Further Listening from This Artist: “This Language”

First Listen Setup: This is another one for a dark room at night with no distractions.

Video below.

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broken_social_scene_album_coverArtist: Broken Social Scene

Album: Broken Social Scene (2005)

Song: “Hotel”

Cool, laid back, vague.  “Hotel” whispers to you from the dark in the beginning, building.  It’s smoky and blurry, coming from between sleep and wake.  When it focuses, like a sleepwalker coming to, it becomes clear that it’s all sex, whether or not that was the intent.  The bass is a lure, a promise of what will happen if you follow.  The vocals ask you gently to close your eyes with sultry soft breath and effortless seduction, while the lyrics make the song feel secretive and mysterious.

First Listen Setup: In the dark, or, if you have the luxury, with blue or red colored light – eyes closed either way.  If possible,  listen to while driving at night at least once.

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conundrumIt’s good to be in the groove of Christmas break, and I hope all of you out there who are on some sort of break are enjoying it as much or more than I am.  I’m hoping I will be able to use what free time I have left to give some much needed attention to VDCC and Adamant’s Fire.  In the few free moments I had in the last semester, I began contemplating the scope of VDCC very seriously.  This contemplation fixated almost immediately on the two most underdeveloped categories of this site: books and music.

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Here is some reading material.

Chuck Klosterman reviews Chinese Democracy.

For more on my impressions of Chuck Klosterman and getting to meet him, as well as lamentations at the chance I let slip through my fingers, see my blog post at Adamant’s Fire.

fleetwood-mac-rumours.jpgFleetwood Mac has been around longer than some of us are willing to admit. The band, an amalgamation of things British and American, was founded by blues guitarist Peter Green in 1967 and has found itself in a revolving door – at least sixteen different people have participated in the lineup at one point or another. Their most memorable lineup consists of vocalist Stevie Nicks, guitarist and vocalist Lindsey Buckingham, bassist John McVie, keyboardist and vocalist Christie McVie, and drummer Mick Fleetwood. Though the band is technically still making music, Christie McVie left the band in 1993 and only came back to tour in 1998 for the live album The Dance, and only John McVie and Mick Fleetwood are technically still in the band. Fleetwood Mac’s most famous release to date is the third highest-selling album of all time, having gone a certified 19 times platinum.

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