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by Dan
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Need New Body - "Peruividia"

I used to get really excited (I was like 15 and listening to film soundtracks exclusively) when I would hear what I called "credits music". I guess now that genre can be defined better as merely "cinematic", but at the time, I would always just imagine people's names and a title over certain songs and get all jittery and smiles about the movie that never existed or would exist. The feeling I'm trying to explain is one of promise. A credit sequence promises something about the movie ahead of it, so I have no problem with a long credits sequence (like in old movies when they show all the credits first) if it has a strong sense of promise. This song has SO much promise in it. I see settings, I see pieces being placed, I feel already submerged in story, and on that last drum beat, I want to start something hopefully fascinating.

[Buy Where's Black Ben?]


De Novo Dahl - "Jeffrey"

Imagine this being the only song on a 65-minute experimental instrumental minimalist noise album. No, don't imagine that. Just at the end when there's like 30 seconds of quiet strumming, I was just thinking what if the whole rest of the album were like this? That would totally change my feelings about this song. But it's not, so it doesn't. And here are they: nailed the verses, missed the chorus. I can swing it like a hammer around my head, but if I throw it it doesn't go very far.

[Buy Cats & Kittens]

Posted by Dan at August 22, 2005 1:02 AM

I love De Novo Dahl so already had "Jeffrey", but thank you for "Peruividia". And yes, I had to look at the post to see how to spell that.

Posted by Kate at August 22, 2005 11:18 AM

Check this Dan:

Posted by tim at August 22, 2005 2:51 PM

your 'cinematic' posts: one of the many reasons I continue to return to this site.

My enjoyment for the credits music is similar to that which I get from reading a book. When you are the reader, you create illusions of your own. The lead character develops red hair. fair skin. She carries a cordouroy satchel and consistently wears saddle shoes, though none of this is mentioned. The same raw, involuntary imaginative excursions come to life when I hear these cinematic masterpieces. Highly personal.

The 2004 film "I Heart Huckabees" (score by the brilliant Jon Brion) provides a genuine example of colorful, thought-provoking cinema music.

A final thought - apologies while I ramble on - The title of this track reminds me of the Costa Rican/Tico phrase "Pura Vida" (a universal term, greeting, description or expression meaning anything good. It reflects the happiness that people get from simply living.

...fitting for the music in this piece. Thank you for everything. Honestly appreciated.

Posted by elfie at August 24, 2005 12:03 AM

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