It's unlikely that Boochani will one day emerge from Manus Island to take the reins of Australia's government, as Mandela did in South Africa, but it's undeniable that the world will judge Australia's racist refugee policies with as fierce a disgust one day. Her devotion here is palpable, gentility inlaid with ecstasy. But upon reflection, this set of songs from the latter part of the album seems to mark a shift as well as punctuation, both of which are much needed after the frenetic sequence that was the first seven songs. The colors do indeed move like large full sounds, a connection that takes us all the way back to. If anything, the sounds that Tobin wrests from instruments old and new create an unusual emotional experience, be it sadness, reflection, even transcendence. When you're the umpteenth singer who's going to try and make something catchy about romance and relationships, whether it succeeds or fails starts feeling like it's based more than you might think on those little grace notes of performance and personality.
More than 30 years later, Byrne is still making fresh, inventive music. Getz was excited about the sound of bossa nova, and released two records: and , both in 1962. The concept album sets itself a high bar and quite regularly fails to clear it. Whether doomed to death or destined for happiness, each beloved character is given a respectful sendoff by the filmmakers. They realise they have to rein in their ways of engaging.
Along with Sonny Rollins and Dexter Gordon, Getz brought the bebop conception of the tenor sax into the modern era. Boochani himself remains on Manus Island, a recognized literary and journalistic genius imprisoned for nothing more than trying to survive. Instead, Morrison berated them for seeking asylum in Australia, told them they were not welcome and should go home. Australia needs a moral revolution to escape this dead end. In this way, he does not become a mere peddler of influence and nostalgia but instead manages to establish all sort of connections to multiple cultural precedents.
While The Very Best of Stan Getz is a nice presentation of Getz' music and well worth owning, let's hope this isn't the start of an ugly trend. Hints of damaged relationships crop up, as do allusions to a world slightly off-kilter. Life then became very, very tough as his band went on to surpass his expectations. It's a sad coincidence that Boochani is a journalist who has been subjected to the brutality of refugee prison camps, but he reminds us that it's the voices of those who are suffering through these experiences that ought to be centralized in dialogue about the crisis. That is swiftly contrasted by the shuffling beat and percussive samples that quickly usher it into the present. Rather than reconcile all of the differing promises he made to others, he let it all build to a painful tipping point. After all, how do you face a loved one on the day they are destined to die? Literary attention is also beginning to turn to these zones, as more emerging voices express the horrific plight of those trapped in America's refugee prison system as well.
I was handed a photograph and asked to smell it and removed the blindfold. Today I can just go to iTunes and download the single song. Indeed it is hard to ignore what is right in front you here in terms of musical antecedents like the Trinity, holy or otherwise, of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Van Morrison the musical equivalent for our purposes of the Masters of Suspicion, Marx, Freud, and Nietzsche , both in terms of their investigations of faith and doubt and in terms of their respective vocal timbres and musical arrangements. That we end with this suite of immaculate Zimmerman pastiche replete with echoes of Morrison, and a final flourish toward Leonard Cohen's backing singers in the last moments ties a beautiful bow on the whole experience. Three months after these tunes were recorded Getz died of cancer. This ambition is both exhilarating and enervating and not everything works, but it is impossible not to admire the scale of the project, and when it does come off it can be quite spectacular.
As if by the grace of a higher power, Connell and Marianne must separate again. The pair stop talking, at least for a while. Every aspiring screenwriter and comic book fanboy offered a theory; from the Infinity Stones becoming sentient and destroying themselves to Thanos undergoing a transformation and reversing his own handiwork. He was a nice guy, got into a strange situation, and the only way that he would think of out at that time was to kill himself. His music isn't necessarily meant as background sound, much less something to dance to or hum along with; it's like a soundtrack to an eerie, broken world.
How each member of the Avengers adapts or fails to adapt to Thanos's fateful finger snap forms the emotional foundation for every superhero exploit to follow. If any of that sounds familiar, it should. These sections, at least, should be required reading for schoolchildren in any country that receives ocean-going refugees. The novel tracks nearly five years of the relationship between Connell and Marianne, two students in the west of Ireland. It can be more of an actor's medium because when you're working with the same themes and tones using the same structures and tropes repeatedly and, within a given production, the same script , the nuances and forces of the actual performer's talents and psyches get highlighted. It demands the listener hit repeat in search of that particular riff or impressive run that sped by only to reveal a new trick or tease that hadn't been noticed before.
On the opening title track, Sommers and Carroll simmer along with a tight, busy rhythm section as Uhlmann's guitar creates cascades of melody. It's a cleverly layered piece with percussive clashes and collisions cushioned by smooth synths. The composition is equal parts playful, deathly serious, aggressively melodic and just plain aggressive. Rooney's attention to modern devices like email only complicates matters further, adding pressure. He was the politician who, while Immigration Minister, played a key role in devising the offshore prison system.