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10. Zero 7 – In The Waiting Line

Zero 7’s Simple Things released in 2001 is sometimes too saccharine for my taste. It blurred the line between trip hop and straight up pop music, and while it gave rose to many superfluous moments, it also had a few hummable gems in there. Tracks like this one, with its seductively sad vocals, bursts of soft elecronica and ridiculously simple song structures, make me want to call up Nick Hornby. “You can’t be miserable listening to great pop music, my man.”

9. Patrick Williams – Tears Of Julian Po (Download)

Don’t “hey, this isn’t a song” me now. This gorgeous arrangement of strings accompanies the climax of Alan Wade’s Julian Po in which Christian Slater puts the ocean in his pipe and smokes it. Branimir Scepanovic’s pensive words, as spoken by the protagonist, collide with fragments of dreamy gospel laments to great effect. One of those rare opportunities for us to rekindle love affair with our headphones and make movie scenes out of our lives. You have a nice day too, Mr. Patrick Williams.

8. Paul Cantelon – River Of Collections

Contemporary classicist Paul Cantelon must have had a field day composing Everything Is Illuminated’s soundtrack because his tunes sound like they’ve stretched themselves on a sunflower patch, chewing stems and dreaming about stolen nectar. A tantalizing mix of melancholy, beauty and penance. Yup, penance. A lot of characters come to terms with difficult parts of their lives in Live Schrieber’s film to find solace. Cantelon’s music pays tribute to such eventualities and sort of drifts away into ethereal heights.

7. White Zombie – Blood, Milk And Sky (Download)

Named after a Béla Lugosi classic, White Zombie, fronted by the one they call Rob, has the exact opposite effect on people as a breath of fresh air, which is overrated anyway considering that it isn’t too different from mild flatulence. Blood-curdling industrial metal this also isn’t. Their music is far more graceful in its intent towards brutality. Behind every slab of thundering riffing there is a unicorn winking back at us…no wait, I meant, a gushing of warm melody. This track from their Astro-Creep 2000 album sounds like Pink Floyd jamming with Toni Iommi and Peter Steele on a song written by Prince in a very, very bad mood.

6. Elysian Fields – Black Acres (Download)

NYC dream poppers/rockers Elysian Fields create music that moves from sensuality to disturbance. They call to mind the spookiest moments of Tori Amos, with richly-textured modern folk arrangements to wash it all down with. UK music critic Nick Kent once described their sound being “as sensual as a sleepwalker’s wet dream” and most of the tracks on their Queen of the Meadow album song testify to this. Black Acres has a harmony section so wistfully fragile that you almost fear for the mp3’s safety from malware threats. Singer / chanteuse Jennifer Charles sounds like exactly how a depressed 14-year-old shouldn’t. Of course, she isn’t, so it’s all very exciting and velveteen.

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