Moneyball is a top film – I cannot recommend it highly enough. I’m a sucker for an uplifting sports film, and Moneyball ticks all the boxes. Loser baseball team, check. Lack of funds, check. Beating the system, check. Heartbreaking loss at the end, check! But another aspect of the film that is strong is definitely the soundtrack, and of all the accompanying score, This Will Destroy You’s input fits the film most appropriately.
Mid Jam Sesh
There are no words to this song, but there definitely shouldn’t be. It’s perfect the way it is. This song swells, rises, and drops majestically. The heavy beat of the drum resonates, every note seems to have a reason for being there. By being 11 minutes long, this no longer conforms to the now generation’s idea of a 1 minute song being plenty, but the range of this song is phenomenal. That first drum snare at the start is enough to hook you. If I could ever write the soundtrack to my life, this would be played over all the epic moments (to think, there are embarrassingly few epic moments in my life so far, I will try and jazz up my life ASAP). It’s summer – take 15 minutes out of your day, crank this up, and just enjoy.
Something a little bit different for you on this fine Sunday. In 2004, edIT released an album called Crying Over Pros For No Reason. It had ten tracks on it, and blew a hell of a lot of minds because of its awesome contrast between a laid-back backing, and an awesome shifty beat. One of the standout tracks on the album is Ants, take a listen and see what you make of it:
Although Edward Ma (edIT’s human name) has released a variety of material since this album, in my opinion, this is the best. Maybe it wasn’t your cup of tea, and if it wasn’t I’m sorry, but I have something to make up for that. Even if you didn’t enjoy the actual song, you’re downright crazy if you don’t enjoy this great video of these random French twins dancing to the song. If you liked both, well then you’re just lucky:
An instrumental track for today, haven’t had one of those in a while. Trembling Hands is the first single that was released off of Explosions In The Sky’s most recent project entitled Take Care, Take Care, Take Care. Guess what? The album is actually out TODAY. So head on over to the website to take a listen to it, but here’s Trembling Hands:
This song gets me excited for the album. It has the classic Explosions In The Sky guitar riffs, and the chords that are just in another world. It also marks the first time I’ve ever heard the band use any trace of vocals on their tracks, although I’m told they’ve done it before. I’m really interested to see where this goes, and how it works on the new album because it worked out incredibly well for bands like Hammock. Anyways, definitely go check out the album, and here’s an awesome fan video of a live performance:
From Islamabad, Pakistan comes a soothing and thought-provoking EP by artist Asfandyar Khan. Snow Makes Things Perfect is his first piece of work, and on the EP are six different songs, each possessing a quality that separates them in both more and less obvious ways from the other tracks on the EP. This is my first taste of really any kind of music from Pakistan, and its sweet. Throughout this EP, there is the classic element that is contained within almost all instrumental music: swelling. These songs gradually grow and then flourish before your ears, making for beautiful music. In one or two places however, you’ll be surprised at what happens, and this is totally refreshing.
This song, Gregor Samsa Is Dead, Long Live Gregor Samsa is my favorite on the EP. If you listen, in the background you can pick up the soft noise of what sounds like a train or factory, or it could be just city noises. The juxtaposition of this and the soft acoustic riff that plays beautifully yet softly makes for an intriguing opening to the song and reels you in for the duration. In terms of the title of the song, Gregor Samsa is a fictional character in The Metamorphosis, a novel by Franz Kafka, and unfortunately that’s the extent of my knowledge on the subject. We’ll definitely be looking to see what Asfandyar Khan comes up with in future, and if you want to get his music visit his website.
Here’s a video with some beautiful footage, and another song of his called Hello Morocco:
Lets begin October with another beautiful instrumental song. Hammock named themselves after having spent a lot of their nights gazing up at the starry night sky from a hammock in their backyard. Hammock are a duo made up of Marc Byrd and Andrew Thompson, and earlier this year they released their fifth LP, Chasing After Shadows… Living with the Ghosts. The new LP is full of amazing songs, and Breathturn is probably my favourite.
I know that I always write that these instrumental rock songs are atmospheric, but there’s really no other word to describe them. You have to listen and just take it all in to really understand how good they are. What I really love about this song and what perhaps sets it apart from the others in its genre is the beautiful vocal sample that is layered into the track. It’s enough to add to the overall effect of the song without making it so that the music is dominated by the vocals, which in my opinion, is exactly the way it should be. I also love the music video to this song, and it’s worth mentioning that Hammock are one of the few bands to have successfully produced music videos for instrumental songs. Anyway that’s enough from me. I’ll shut up and let you watch and listen:
One thing you’ll learn about me is that I love a good instrumental rock song. Your Hand In Mine is one of my favourites, and one of my favourite songs of all time. This song was actually in the movie Friday Night Lights, which coincidentally perhaps (or not) is one of my favourite movies of all time. Make of it what you will.
This song is almost too incredible for me to write about. First off, it’s about 8 minutes long, so it’s quite a journey. You may not like it if you get impatient easily, but it is insanely beautiful.
Atmospheric guitars and well thought out drums in my opinion make this song what it is. The end gets unbelievably stirring, and I actually think the movie used it perfectly. It’s one of the only movies where I get a lump in my throat, so kudos to them.
Explosions In The Sky are a great band, and if you’re into instrumental rock, I’d encourage you to check them out, because they are actually almost like an icon to the genre. Also, I’d recommend you watch the movie.
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