Friday, January 25, 2008

She Reads Leviathan

Midlake's "Head Home" has been my favorite song for a few weeks now. I'm kind of late on board with Midlake, I know, but you get into the middle of your 30s and it's hard to pay attention to "the scene" anymore. I rely on the stuff that floats to the surface of the collective conscious. Most of the time, that stuff is forgettable. But this... this song seems to have its own realm, its own atmosphere. The whole album, The Trials of Van Occupanther, is a concept album about, I don't know, frontier development or something. It's all about people building houses in the woods, farming, and surviving winters with low rations. I love the risk of writing a 70s throwback rock album about the American frontier. That, in an of itself, is worth the admission price. But the music is also uniformly brilliant, it turns out. Bask:


4 comments:

S. Craig Renfroe, Jr. said...

You young folks and your music groups nowadays. Heather says, the voice sounds like Rufus Wainwright.

KraKen said...

Never mind - I also discovered Midlake pretty late via the Van Occupanther album. I love it too. Please check my comments on the album. I would like to hear more, but from where I am cutting edge music is hard to come by. Even downloads don't always work.
http://krakensrock.blogspot.com/

klaussie said...

does anyone know exactly which leviathan she reads?

Anonymous said...

klaussie, I don't know if you will get this, but maybe someone with the same question will find the answer. It is Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leviathan_(book)