Category Archives: Experimental

“Passenger”- Deftones

Most of my recent posts have been quieter, relaxing music. And although I love everything I have posted, I feel like it is time to feature a “harder-edged” song.

Deftones is another band I found after I feel in love with Nine Inch Nails. It is billed as a “alternative metal” or “experimental rock” group, so some of their songs sound industrial in nature. “Passenger” is one of their songs from the White Pony album, released in 2000 and the most recent album that I have of theirs. Thus, I need to get their more recent albums.

Their latest Album: Diamond Eyes

“Passenger” is probably not my favorite Deftones song but I was really into it tonight. The whole premise of the song is that you do not have control over your life. Set in a car, the narrator can ask for things like to “roll down the windows” or to “drive faster;” however, he is still going to be a passenger. I feel like all of us feel like a passenger some time in our lives. Right now, I am at the whims of my professors…who all thought it was a good idea to schedule a paper and/or exam for this week. I also sometimes feel at the whims of my weird emotions. Like being homesick, or not feeling good about myself. I don’t know why I feel bad/ashamed/not confident about myself sometimes, and hopefully these are just moments of self-insecurity that will pass. I hate not being in the driver’s seat, especially when it comes to my own thoughts and emotions.

Favorite part of the song is probably how the hard-core drums and guitars fade into a few solitary notes of sweet piano.

Cures for self-insecurities that you would like to share?

ll

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“Will the Summer Make Good for Our Sins”- múm and my Scandinavian Obsession

Somehow I have decided to listen to a lot of Scandinavian music in the past few days. First it was the Swede  and now it is the Icelanders, múm. I don’t know where I got the music from but I decided to listen to it when study today, sort of as back ground music. And then “Will the Summer Make Good for Our Sins” came on and the studying stopped. I closely listened to the song, trying to make out the distorted lyrics. Then, I looked up the music video. Oh my god. This is one of the creepiest music videos, and I regularly watch NIN and Marilyn Manson videos.

With the combination of the creepy video and the haunting, distorted lyrics, this song would be a perfect addition to a scary movie. Hopefully, this will not give you (or me) nightmares tonight.

In order to prevent nightmares, I recommend reading this online comic. If you have had any experiences with scandinavian people, you will love this. Well, really no experience is necessary since it is so hilarious. Here are two that I found that feature Iceland but there are so many good one. And thank Hil for introducing me to this comic 🙂

http://satwcomic.com/sleepover-at-iceland-s

http://satwcomic.com/iceland

Ever been to a scandinavian country? (I know this is not at all related to music but I could think of another question.) I actually traveled abroad to Denmark last fall and would love to see if others have traveled to other countries in the region. 

ll

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“The Drowning”- How To Destroy Angels

When I first started this blog, I made a promise to myself that I would not repeat an artist/group until I had done 50 posts (okay it was originally going to be 100 but I knew I couldn’t make it there). I knew it was going to be hard since there are some groups I literally cannot go two days without listening to. But if Alenka over at Six Thousand Songs can listen to her whole iPod without repeating a song, I can feature 50 without group repeats. The featured song of today is the closest I have come to repeating because How to Destroy Angels (HTDA) was started by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails (previously featured), his wife Mariqueen Maandig from West Indie Girl, and Atticus Ross. I decided it was not cheating since it is a totally new group. If you have problems with that, too bad.

Trent, Mariqueen, and Atticus

I was super excited about hearing new stuff from Trent since his last projects, Ghost and The Slip, were not up to NIN’s normal quality. However upon hearing the first song on the EP, I realized that the star vocalist was Maandig and not my beloved Trent. Oh, how can he produce music and not use his deep, beautiful, perfect voice? I mean, it is even hard for me to follow interviews with him since I just focus on his voice and not the actual words. Sadly, every song featured Maandig and when Trent sang, I could barely hear him through the background noise.

Now, I am not saying I don’t like HTDA. It is interesting and a good start to a promising group. You can tell that they are still experimenting since the whole EP doesn’t really have a theme and Trent’s work always has an overarching theme. I mean, The Downward Spiral is the quintessential concept album. I have yet to find an album that flows together so well both thematically and musically.

The Downward Spiral Album Cover. Love Love Love Love Love

Getting back to HTDA, I like probably half of their songs on the EP and listen to those fairly regularly. I have been really into “The Drowning” the past few days, probably because I can relate to it a bit since I am feeling so overwhelmed with life lately. The song is a tad repetitive and some of the background noises are jarring but hopefully HTDA can overcome those problems and create some good music. And while I am hoping, I would love NIN to go on tour again. I would pay almost anything to see Trent live.

Has a group you loved stopped playing/producing music? 

ll

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