Austra’s Week in Pop
Appropriately releasing the album Future Politics today via Domino; Katie Stelmanis also graciously took the time to present us with her following exclusive Week in Pop guest selections:
Anna Domino, “Land of My Dreams”
I was introduced to this song pretty recently and I’ve since listened to it probably at least 100 times on repeat. It’s the kind of song that puts you in a trance, like a lullaby and a very desperate yearning at once.
Donna Summer, “Working the Midnight Shift”
This song doesn’t seem to have an official video but it has some pretty great non-official ones on youtube. This is one of my favorite disco tracks. My band covered it for a while on tour and I’m not sure if many people recognized it which is a tragedy because its such an aimlessly beautiful track.
Avalon Emerson, “The Frontier”
This is a pretty new release but its one of my favorite songs at the moment. The melody is so hauntingly beautiful. I’m also a fan of Emerson’s video work, I don’t really understand how she does it but its some sort of amalgamation of data over months and months of gathering footage apparently.
Erasure, “Always Wanna Be With You”
I love this song and this video equally. It reminds me of all the opera DVDs I used to watch as a kid, with theatre actors performing on a visibly fabricated stage in ridiculously heavy stage make up.
Massive Attack, “Unfinished Sympathy”
We played a festival with massive attack a few years ago somewhere in Belgium. It was really small with only one stage so they played only a couple bands after us. I had never really listened to them before but was totally blown away by the performance and proceeded to download all their albums. This one is my favorite so far but I haven’t been able to get through them all yet.
Kate Bush, “Cloudbusting”
I love all of Kate Bush’s video but this one is my favorite I think. I love the narrative and I love her wig! I just watched it again right now and started crying at the end but that may just be because I’m feeling particularly emotional at the moment.
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