Thursday, 13 December 2012
5 Songs for 2012
Ludovico Einaudi - Fly
HANDS down the best film I have seen in a long time, 2012 finally saw the UK release of the 2011 French language film Untouchable (Intouchables). I find that subtitles normally spoil the enjoyment of a film, as you need to split your attention between words and pictures and as your eyes dart between both, but Untouchable was so good I genuinely forgot I was reading subtitles by mid-way through. It is the true story of the unlikely pairing of a quadraplegic millionaire and an unemployed benefits-scrounger from the Parisian council estates; it is in equal measure stirring, heartwarming, irreverent and hilarious. This classical piece overlays the opening - unexpectedly, a car chase. I cannot reccommend this film enough.
Jessica Mauboy - Gotcha
Another great film to be released this year was The Sapphires, the (vaguely truish) story of the first Aboriginal girl band, who took their soul music on a military tour of Vietnam during the Vietnam war. It was billed rather inaccurately as a singalong clapalong, but, like the best films, it was really much more than that. First, from the film, Chris O'Dowd teaches the girls what soul music is all about:
And from the soundtrack, lead actress (and Sapphires frontwoman) Jessica Mauboy's promotional single Gotcha.
Rachael Yamagata and Ray Lamontagne - Duet
For no reason other than it's beautiful.
If you like this, you'll also love Melody Gardot's Baby I'm a Fool.
Alt-J - Tessellate
Different and deservedly successful.
The Lumineers - Ho Hey
A non-Christmas song that is just right for Christmas, our final song as house band at last week's Open Mic at Rowheath Pavilion.