Saturday, July 15, 2006

Two Songs to the Siren

It's a wonder I've gone more than two weeks without posting any music videos. Well, here's a double shot to break that streak.

"Song to the Siren" is a song that's resonated since it first appeared on vinyl, on Tim Buckley's Starsailor album. Well, actually, it resonated before that - he performed a folkier version of it a few years earlier, on a Monkees episode.

Nowadays he's best known as Jeff Buckley's father, but Tim was no slouch himself. A four-octave vocal range, a musical palette ranging from folk to jazz to blues and beyond, and some wonderfully written songs. A tragic overdose cut his career short, but not before he released seven albums - my personal fave is a posthumous live one, Dream Letter.

Years later, This Mortal Coil recorded it for their debut album It'll End In Tears. TMC were less a band than an all-star collective, like the Golden Palominos, just guesting for a couple songs each. That's Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins with the stunning voice and Twins bandmate Robin Guthrie with the embarassing hair.

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