from the album Back to Mine: Everything But the Girl.
Back to Mine was a series of compilations, where they invite artists to compile music that suit their personal tastes.
EBTG’s compilation is suitably “lying-down music” and is best enjoyed during the winding down hours. It reminds me of tables of empty bottles and glasses, ashtrays full of spent butts, and the few remaining people lying on chairs. There’s idle conversation, and once in a while somebody gets up to dance, but mostly everyone’s just listening to the music.
From the jazzy, drum-machine opening track, it moves into a sort of dark hip-hop, then into EBTG’s own remix of the Beth Orton song Stars All Seem to Weep. Even as it moves to the deep house beat of Ananda Project’s Cascades of Color, the album seems to glue you to your lounge chair.
Quite suddenly it takes a left turn with the spare, mystifying To Cry About. It resumes the chillout mood with another couple of songs, before the penultimate track suddenly gives way to the opening crescendo of Someday We’ll All be Free.
Ben and Tracey describe Donny’s voice as akin to God’s. I agree. The way the song comes at the very end of the album is elegant; suddenly there’s this voice that rises up to the heavens and brings you there. And when Donny sings, brighter days will soon be here, you fucking believe it.
I’ve no idea if they play this on the radio but the Strokes deserve a wider audience.
Skipping Day 16: A Song That You Used to Love But Now Hate. Can’t think of any.
And Day 17: A Song That You Hear Often on the Radio. I’ve given up on radio in the late 90s, and every time I tune in now it’s full of smart-alecky douches and douchettes with fake accents who won’t stop talking.
Not completely, but there’s something about the romance of being in space.
This version is by The One Day Band. In an episode of the excellent, excellent podcast This American Life, musician John Langford assembles a band to rehearse and record in just one day this Elton John song. He finds the band by answering the classifieds.
The temporariness of the band suddenly lent this song a certain misty quality, made it even lonelier, if possible. More on the story of the band here.