Sunday, October 11, 2015

More on Music...

This month is a big music month for Elizabeth and me. She has hooked me on her two favorite bands, Florence + the Machine and Editors. U2 will always be my absolute fave, but I have to admit that Florence and Editors are in my top five favorite bands.

A British alternative rock band, Editors (and, yes, Florence--also a Brit--too) were revealed to us through their first exposure to the American music scene via the Twilight Saga soundtracks. (Yes, the movies were awful, but those second and third soundtracks were amazing!!) Editors made it onto the track of second movie--New Moon--while we met Florence on the Eclipse (the third film) soundtrack.

Earlier this month, Editors released their fifth album--and it's a beauty. Titled In Dream, it's a lyrical album, and yes, quite dreamy in a lovely, edgy way. I'm in love with "Ocean of Night" and "Marching Orders" right now. Elizabeth bought the LP, and I can't wait to listen to it on her rebuilt 80's stereo-turntable with amazing sound.

Tom Smith's voice is positively haunting. Whether he's singing rock or something more lyrical, his voice is so unique that it embeds itself in my mind. And the band actually produced their own album with In Dream--incredible! Combine that with Justin Leetch's lead guitar and producing experience, and the result is a simply jaw-dropping album. Here's a link for the video for "Life Is a Fear" on YouTube.

And this Wednesday we have tickets to see Florence + the Machine  here in San Diego. Her third album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful is amazing, and I can't get enough of the popular "Ship to Wreck" that's making the rounds of alternative radio stations. I also love "What Kind of Man" and "Delilah," but the imagery in "Ship to Wreck" is so poetic; I'm hooked even more than Elizabeth is on that particular song. Here's the lyric video of "Ship to Wreck" as recorded from Coachella in June.

Three years ago, we saw Florence in concert after her release of Ceremonials. She was so vivid--skipping across the stage in ballet flats, wearing a long-sleeved, high-collared Victorian-styled dress and with her red hair up. She reminded me of a living, breathing, singing Pre-Raphaelite painting. And her range is astounding. It was the second-best concert I've seen...after U2, of course. (The last time the Boys from Dublin were here in San Diego was in 2005 for the Vertigo Tour--come back, guys!! LA is just tooooooo far!!!) And Florence opened for U2 during their South American tour. Opening for Florence then was The Weeknd who have made a good showing in the last three years.

So we're very much looking forward to seeing Florence on Wednesday and sinking into In Dreams by Editors as we get to know (and love) this new album.

What are your musical passions at the moment?

Musically yours,

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