First off, thanks to the guys from Heavy for the two spectacular Sumosonic comps that showed up on my doorstep today. Great stuff.
Now down to the tunes. I figured I'd seque this week, from a Song about a Mystery, to songs that ar mysteries to me, one of which was not in english, to songs not in english.
Dengue Fever - I'm Sixteen First off, we've got a track from Dengue Fever, mixing up garage revival/surf guitars with slow burning sax and synths out of a spy movie soundtrack, all wrapped by Chhom Nimol's sinuous, Khymer vocals, this Cambodian American 6 piece. This track, from their self titled debut is probably the best representation of their sound in a song - in a way, it's kind of a blend of both of yesterdays selections. I particularly love the sax at the end. [Buy Dengue Fever at Amazon.com!]
David Byrne & Rufus Wainwright - Au Fond Du Temple Saint - off of Byrnes newest solo outing, Grown Backwards, we see Byrne and Wainwright testing out their pipes on an old Bizet number, and the arrangement, while startlingly unlike Byrne in it's lack of percussion, affirms his views on opera as "the pop music of it's day." While the song gives both vocalists the chance to show off their fantastic pipes, on the whole the thing that's most striking about it is the lack of pretnetiousness generally associated with pop singers doing opera. Which is not to say that they don't treat the source with due reverence - make no mistake, this is a Bizet piece, being performed by two fantastic singers, with a full, lush string arrangement rounding it out - nothing is dumbed down here. But there's something... human, in the way Byrne strains to pull it off, in the way Wainwright's accompinent moves in, like a friend offering a helping hand, that seems more human than Pavarotti, for all his magnificence could ever manage.[Buy Grown Backwards at Amazon.com!]