SAFE vs. Brian Eno
Like This and Like That is the new column from Snobcast extraordinaire, Father Guido Sarducci IV. The procedure: Every morning (OK, maybe not every morning) Guido will snatch the first crisp, clean & new MP3 he stumbles upon, listen to it at least once, and then find an old song (ten years or more) for some good old-fashioned compare and contrast. The purpose: To draw a line between the modern and the out-of-date. The premise: To expose the kids to their past while also showing the unfashionable adults that there’s great new music being made every day. Thus, if you like This than you might like That.
“Twenty Years On” by SAFE vs. “Deep Blue Day” by Brian Eno
For this first edition of my new column I did just as I’ve stated, downloading the first MP3 I stumbled upon this morning. The song “Twenty Years On” by SAFE comes from Rcrd Lbl. It’s billed as being electropop, but I’m not convinced of the Pop side of that equation. I am loving this dude’s soft voice surrounded by this lush atmosphere of floating keys. SAFE is multi-media artist Chris Edley. He’s made “weird” videos for MGMT and Saul Williams. Chris says his favorite video of all time is the one for Busta Rhyme’s song “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See” and if you’ve seen that video than you know where this guys head is at (if you haven’t, well, I don’t even know you anymore). What really gets my nerdy nether regions in a frenzy is the fact that the SAFE album will be released on cassette and mutha-fuckin’ VHS (WTF!!).
My comparative track for “Twenty Years On” comes from Brian Eno’s Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks (released 1983). The track is “Deep Blue Day” and can also be found on the immensely more popular original soundtrack for the movie Trainspotting. While many of the songs from the album have been on soundtracks, Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks is not a soundtrack itself. The music for the album was originally recorded for a documentary about the NASA Apollo missions called For All Mankind. The documentary was delayed for six years and when it did finally come out many of the songs had been omitted, including “Deep Blue Day”. The song itself features Canadian super-producer, Daniel Lanois, on guitar and has a country & western vibe. Eno has said that the Country music was used to “give the impression of weightless space.”
So there you have it. First one in the bag. Let me know what you think and I’ll see tomorrow (or maybe tomorrow’s tomorrow).