by Sean
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Odeillo Solar Furnace

Miracle Fortress - "Digital Love". I've been trying to put my finger on what Miracle Fortress bring to this Daft Punk cover that Daft Punk themselves do not. I think basically it's that Daft Punk are robots and Graham Van Pelt isn't. He's a man with short red hair and a friend's grin, a man who dances in styles besides the robot, a man who longs for love in a way that's not tragic or eternal or chrome - in a way that's simply human. In the end of his syllables there's a mild sorrow and in the gallop of his electric guitar there's a Montrealer's appetite. It's a song about being in love, but here's the thing: it all happens in a dream.

[from the Miracle Fortress MySpace. Buy Five Roses. See them on tour in Atlanta, Raleigh, Washington, Philly, NYC, Cambridge, Buffalo, Mtl.]

Sigur Ros - "Untitled (Vaka)". your little gold. ... you said it on the phone. you're so alone. you're so. you said it on the phone. you're so alone. you're so. you suffer so. you're so alone. you're so. you say so. you sigh so. you so. (you so. you're so.) you sat there on the phone. you're so lost. you're so. you said it on the phone. you're so lost. you're so. you suffer alone. you're so lost. you're so. you sad song. you sad song. you're so. (you're so. you song.) you sat all alone! you sat all alone! you sat all alone, there! you! (hang on!) you sat all alone last night. you hung on all night. you sat all alone. you sat alone. [buy]


La Blogothèque, one of the finest music sites in the world (& lo, and it's much more than a blog) has redesigned beautifully. Bonus: it's in French!

[photo is of the Odeillo Solar Furnace]

Posted by Sean at February 28, 2008 10:36 AM

I absolutely love that "Digital Love" cover. Especially since I've heard the original about 300 times now and it is so closely associated with a dance party I had with my friends. Miracle Fortress makes it like a fuzzy dream and is just so down to earth about it, not just techno-electronica to make you stay up all night but to think a bit, too.

Posted by Laura at February 28, 2008 6:50 PM

that helped me sing along. thanks!

Posted by camilla at February 28, 2008 7:28 PM

Sigur Rós used to have the ( ) album online where you could listen to it and write your version of what you hear in the lyrics. It was really inspiring to see what other people heard it in. Jonsi, however, is just singing in "Hopelandic," his imaginary language. Amazing band, and a cool lyrics post.

Posted by jiji at February 28, 2008 8:22 PM

the guitarwork on the miracle fortress is fantastic.


Posted by karpe at February 28, 2008 9:19 PM

Two things: First, regarding the Sigur Ros online album, this brings to mind the slightly more comic practice of searching out "mondegreens" or funny misinterpretations of rock lyrics. Look them up on the interweb - a good way to waste an hour or two.

Secondly, the photos on this site are always super cool, but that solar furnace takes the cake. I thought it was a picture from the future. Turns out it was built in the 70s. WTF!?!

Posted by DJ Max Power at March 4, 2008 4:11 PM

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