Tuesday, January 13, 2009

six ways from sunday: circadian arcadium

Is it day or night? The sky says one thing, the streetlamps another. Hjärup, Sweden. (2009).

At this point, I'm sure some of you clever readers out there are wondering why we're publishing our intermittently regular, Six Ways from Sunday music column on a Wednesday. Are Felix and the editor really suffering that badly from jetlag? To that question, I would reply: is eschewing obfuscation in the spirit of espousing elucidation an effectual endeavour? Figure that one out, smart guy.

So. I suppose you're here for the music. First word: right. Second word: place. Third word: huzzah!

For those of you new to Six Ways from Sunday: clicking on the active links below lead you to full-length, YouTube tracks of our very own, six-pack of mix-tape selections. Give it a try and, as usual, happy listening.

1. 1234 :: Feist :: The Reminder (2007). I consider Leslie Feist a contemporary since we are both roughly the same age and also because we share western Canadian and Maritime roots. A reach? Maybe. But the fact that she's cute in an artsy, God-I-regret-I-didn't-ask-you-out-back-in-high-school sort of way is grounds enough for us to give her top billing here. "One, two, three, four / Tell me that you love me more / Sleepless long nights / That is what my youth was for."

2. Dayvan Cowboy :: Boards of Canada :: Trans Canada Highway (2006). The band name says Canada. The album name says Canada. Therefore, it follows that the highly-acclaimed brother duo of Michael Sandison and Marcus Eoin Sandison is actually from Scotland. What? Now that makes about as much sense as the Tartan Pimps, the ska band me and the editor are starting up. Oh, just roll the clip.

3. Hide And Seek :: Imogen Heap :: Speak For Yourself (2005). Lamentable is the music column that doesn't use the word "ethereal" at least once. Ethereal. There, we said it. "Spin me 'round again and rub my eyes / This can't be happening / When busy streets a mess with people / Would stop to hold their heads heavy / Hide and seek."

4. At the Edge of the Ocean :: Ivy :: Long Distance (2001). Criminal! An abomination! Yeah, yeah, I'm sure electronica audiophiles are balking heavy at the inclusion of this track, which featured dated beats and uncool synth-pop even at the time of its release almost eight years ago. Memo: we don't care ... it's our playlist. "Ohhh, we can begin again / Shed our skin, let the sun shine in / At the edge of the ocean / We can start over again."

5. Mirrorball :: Elbow :: The Seldom Seen Kid (2008). And let the superficial comparisons begin! More accessible than Sigur Rós. Less ego than Coldplay. Emotional art-rock like Radiohead. Where are my headphones? "When we make the moon our mirror ball / The street's an empty stage / The city sirens, violins / Everything has changed."

6. Chariot :: Page France :: Hello, Dear Wind (2006). Because everyone likes a happy ending. "Like a chariot / Swing it low for us / Come and carry us away / So we will become a happy ending."


  1. Ooooooooooooh! Imogen Heap, I must check it out. Thanks Felix!

  2. You're welcome, Soho ... yup, Imogen Heap's great.