Sunday, July 09, 2006

Picks Of The Week #28

Lyrics Of The Week

In the indie world, sometimes it's really hard to find a new artist you can get to like for there are so many out there. At those times, you walk through recommendations to experiment and then stick with what you like best. Neutral Milk Hotel is one of those cases. A beautiful lo-fi song with simple, take-you-places lyrics.

In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
Neutral Milk Hotel

What a beautiful face
I have found in this place
That is circling all round the sun
What a beautiful dream
That could flash on the screen
In a blink of an eye and be gone from me
Soft and sweet
Let me hold it close and keep it here with me

And one day we will die
And our ashes will fly from the aeroplane over the sea
But for now we are young
Let us lay in the sun
And count every beautiful thing we can see
Love to be
In the arms of all I'm keeping here with me

Anna's ghost all around
Hear her voice as it's rolling and ringing through me
Soft and sweet
How the notes all bend and reach above the trees

Now how I remember you
How I would push my fingers through
Your mouth to make those muscles move
That made your voice so smooth and sweet
And now we keep where we don't know
All secrets sleep in winter clothes
With one you loved so long ago
Now he don't even know his name

What a beautiful face
I have found in this place
That is circling all round the sun
And when we meet on a cloud
I'll be laughing out loud
I'll be laughing with everyone I see
Can't believe how strange it is to be anything at all

Okay, I'm feeling generous. Why don't you get an mp3 of this song to listen along as well.

Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

Download This!

The Pipettes/ Pull Shapes

First time I listened and watched the video, I was like 'Okay, kinda cute, but nah, another retro pastiche'. Then I gave it another chance. And now I'm pulling shapes along with them. And another song was added to my endless list of guilty pleasures. You know it's campy, it's cheesy, you're not supposed to like it, but you end up moving your feet because it's so damn catchy, in an indie 60s pop way, in its sheer brilliance. Download it and see for yourself.

Download: The Pipettes - Pull Shapes


Ivy/ Edge Of The Ocean

Very soothing song, this one. Just calms me down whenever I feel stressed out. Listening to this makes me feel like relaxing in some beach resort, watching clouds above, sipping drinks when in fact I'm just lying in my bedroom. Great chilled-out song for summertime.

Download: Ivy - Edge Of The Ocean

Music Video Of The Week

Lily Allen/ Smile

I was kinda hesitated to post about Lily Allen. The buzz is already huge, so she didn't an individual pathetic blogger to hype her up. I feel like there's nothing new to bring to the table but praises. She's just a cheeky British girl who makes super catchy summery ska-pop gems, who happened to already become an international superstar before the physical release of her debut album, by wisely making use of MySpace. That pretty much sums up it all. This song is my summer song of 2006 up to now, and it seems hard for any other summer songs released this year to top this one. It just topped the UK single charts, by the way.
The music video was directed by Sophie Muller, who just finished directing Beyoncé's video for Deja Vu, and it's like an indie, more brutal, 2006 version of Kelly Clarkson's 'Since U Been Gone'. With cuteness overloaded. Must.Check.Out.

Like what you see? Head over to Videoteque to download an mp4 version of this music video for your iPod.

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