Monday, September 10, 2007

Word for the Week: Alone


That is what you feel when there's no one around but it's not exactly lonely.

Being alone helps clear up plenty of clutter in your head. It's like a bottle of cheap cleaning solution that takes out the nasty stains deep in the recesses of you head. I have never thought clearer. Not even when I had to make that horrendously difficult decision to buy that absolutely brilliant Golden Smog album for S$2.00.

Earlimart - Happy Alone (from Mentor Tormentor)
Though you would never guess that being alone can be happy from this piano-thumping melancholic track. The kind of track that compels you to take long walks alone in the evening.

Explosions in the Sky - The Only Moment We Were Alone (from The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place)
Grandious epic post-rock from the masters of the trade. At 8:31 into the track, you should feel the world deconstructing into a ball of absolute beauty and grace as swirling cacophonous guitars sound out the victory cry and you suddenly feel empowered to take on the world again.

The Enemy - You're Not Alone (from You'll Live and Die in These Towns)
Queens of the Stone Age's Troy Van Leeuven's big dumb rock project also yielded this Brit-heavy new wave pop nugget. 80s afros are encouraged. Top it up with a cat-suit, if you dare.

The Boo Radleys - Alone Again Or (from Learning to Walk)
Sice and company delivers a dirty and noisy cover of this Love track, straight out of their bandwagoning shoegaze days. Presumably before they discovered Lulu.

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