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Directly to the heart. - The Paranoid Android — LiveJournal
...musings of a mechanically depressed robot...
Directly to the heart.
Sometimes I hear a song and it goes straight to a part of my brain that invokes strong emotions.

After link hopping a couple of days ago I came across a band called Thermostatic who are a Swedish electronic band I misread as falling within the genre categories of "Britpop" and "Synthpop" (it was Bitpop, not Britpop). Intrigued as to how a Swedish electronic band could be classed as Britpop, I found a couple of their Youtube videos and was further intrigued enough to see if they appeared in Spotify.

They do! And so I listened to their most recent album called "Humanizer." The first track (Northern Ambulance) resonated with me in a big way - and I have been listening to it a *lot* over the last couple of days. It's a simple enough tune, building simple refrains upon simple refrains with a pleasant female vocal - but it reaches a point (at about 1:56) where it's built sufficiently to bring me to the brink of tears (of joy I imagine) while I have trouble breathing. (No - I am not on drugs or drunk, nor can I guarantee this experience to all). The rest of the album is good (in my opinion) but doesn't evoke as much as a smile.

Similar experiences have been achieved recently with other tunes... E-Gens I Can Touch the Sun, Duran Duran's The Chauffeur, Cold Play's Fix You, Elbow's New Born, and U2's With or Without You.

I'm not sure if this is the beginning of some form of mental meltdown, so I thought I might document it here before I completely loose my mind. :)

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Current Mood: quixotic quixotic
Current Music: Thermostatic - Northern Ambulance

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honeyrider From: honeyrider Date: July 10th, 2011 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
i'm pretty sure these experiences with music do not a mental meltdown make! ...maybe i'm just saying that because it happens to me all the time. duran duran's the chauffeur is definitely on my list as well.
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: July 10th, 2011 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's good to know I'm not a total basket case (or at least I'm not alone if I am :) !)
80s_child From: 80s_child Date: July 10th, 2011 10:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thermostatic is fucking epic, for some reason I have an addiction to "I Want to be a Marilyn" :P
beckwah From: beckwah Date: July 13th, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well you just reminded me of a fab song from my past (Duran Duran) so thank you!!!
Music is there to move us emotionally, and something in these songs have tapped into yours :)
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