What Jeff is listening to right now

posted by Jeff | Tuesday, August 15, 2006, 9:57 PM | comments: 3

Venus Hum finally released another album called The Colors In the Wheel a week or two ago. Good stuff! This one is more like Depeche Mode meets Bjork meets Sarah McLachlan. Some fantastic sounds on this record, particularly the track "Pink Champagne" which lets loose vocals loose over a very 80's sounding bass-head noise bed (I should be a music critic for making up shit like that). Well worth the purchase.

(And how cute is Annette making Pink Champagne?)

I also bought Cirque du Soleil's Delirium since I saw the show a couple of weekends ago. I wasn't immediately thrilled with it, because the vocal performances aren't generally as strong as the live show. They also cut the African stuff and the insane "drum battle" from the show. The strength of the album is the tracks performed by Jacynthe (which if you listen to the video clip on her page is pronounced "ja-sant", French-like). She had the pipes that really impressed in the arena.

And of course, today Blue Man Group released Live at The Venetian - Las Vegas. What I can really appreciate about this album is just how good the musicians are, and I'm amazed at how well it captures the energy of the show. Some of the songs are from their first album, Audio, which I never bought because the preview samples aren't impressive. They're very impressive here though. "Chant Jam" in particular, which is the last song before the finale (what I call the "TP fuck") makes you want to book a flight and go see it now. It's amazing stuff.

Next on the horizon is probably more contemporary Indian music, which I found more of on iTunes. I love that stuff.


Eric, August 16, 2006, 4:11 AM #

The Venus Hum CD is great.

I need to listen through a few more times though, as I love Big Beautiful Sky and I haven't quite decided if I will like the new one as much. But with only one true listen behind me, I cannot say for sure. I really like Surgery in the Sky - Pink Champagne is cool as well.

My favorite Hum tune is Sonic Boom, but that could change with additional passes through Colors of the Wheel.

I am guessing you got Humming from the BMG Rock Tour? That's where my exposure came from.

Jeff, August 17, 2006, 3:23 PM #

Yeah, that was my first exposure. By the way, the Songs for Superheroes EP is some of their best work.

Tekno, August 28, 2006, 6:46 PM #

What other Contemp. Indian stuff have you found?

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