Friday, September 10, 2021

Random Emotions

 So yesterday was a smattering of what Old Beans listens to, partly on suggestions from a writer and partly just because.

But metal/dark emo/baroque/medieval aren't the only things I listen to.  I also listen to, what my death metal friend (who basically for all purposes is a Mongol) Emo music.  Which isn't really, or is it.  There are other ways to describe the music but since we run a polite house here, I won't go into all that.

So.  First up is Amethystium, whch is an ambient/electronica/neoclassical music project created by Norwegian producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Øystein Ramfjord.

Strangely Beautiful - from the Isabliss album

Next is Mandalay, which was a trip-hop duo from the United Kingdom, composed of multi-instrumentalist Saul Freeman (formerly of Thieves) and multi-instrumentalist-composer-singer Nicola Hitchcock.

This Life - from the Empathy album

Are we more in touch with our emotions yet?  No?

Delerium is a Canadian new-age ambient electronic musical duo that formed in 1987, originally as a side project of the influential industrial music act Front Line Assembly. Throughout the band’s history, their musical style has encompassed a broad range, including dark ethereal ambient trance, voiceless industrial soundscapes, and electronic pop music. They are best known for their worldwide hit "Silence". The band is known to feature several female guest vocalists on their albums since their 1997 album Karma.

Aria, from the Poem album

Enigma is a German musical project founded in 1990 by Romanian-German musician and producer Michael Cretu. Cretu had released several solo records, collaborated with various artists, and produced albums for his then-wife, German pop singer Sandra, before he conceived the idea of a new-age, worldbeat project.

Silence must be Heard - from The Scream behind the Mirror album

Are we amused yet?  Or do you think this is all garbage.  Garbage, hmmm....

Garbage is an American rock band formed in 1993 in Madison, Wisconsin. The band's lineup—consisting of Scottish singer and musician Shirley Manson (vocals) and American musicians Duke Erikson (guitar, bass, keyboards), Steve Marker (guitar, keyboards), and Butch Vig (drums, production)—has remained unchanged since its inception.

Only Happy when it Rains - from the Garbage album by, well, Garbage

Now, if you're thinking to yourself, "Beans, you must have been hit in the head one too many times..."  Well, yes, I have been.  But these are all groups and songs and pieces that my lovely wife, Mrs. Andrew, has introduced me to.  Though we both prefer, when mellowing, the more chill versions of said music.  

In fact, Amethystium, Delerium, Mandalay and Enigma are groups we often listen to while sleeping (Mrs. Andrew needs pleasant noise to drown out bad dreams, and I can, and have, fallen asleep to fireworks, so...)

All of this, this shortness, was due to having to load up the whole Beans' Family Circus and go to her doctor's appointment (regular checkup, everything's okay) which takes, due to various reasons, way too long to get ready and then do and then come home and un-get ready.  Me?  Going to an appointment by myself?  5 minutes extra prep (changing to going out clothes and brushing teeth) and travel time, plus 5 minutes recovery time (washing hands and face and changing to futzing around clothes) afterwards.  Ah, the circus life I lead...


  1. I can't wait to get home and have the chance to listen to all the music you've posted over the past cuppla. Broaden my horizons maybe...

    And yes, been busy as Hell, AAR to follow on Saturday.

    1. Can't wait to hear what you've been up to, the parts that you can talk about.

      Mandalay, well, some of their music is... ummmm... well.... if you used it in a movie, it'd be a darned sexy movie. Some of it I politely refer to as music to copulate by. Seeeexy. Dead seeeexxxxyyyy...

  2. Thanks for links Beans. I will give them a listen.

    I have to admit I have found some of the more modern electronic music - I believe it is "garage" to be enjoyable.

    1. Just like any music genre, there are good pieces and bad pieces. Electronic music has gotten a bad rap (heh, music joke) from too much TV and Movie negative experience. And there's, erm, different flavors. Some of it is pounding dance music, some is lyrical dance music, some is moderate and some is, what is called in the clubs, 'chill' music (due to it being a subdued version without the pounding beat, and with the actual ability to listen to the singer and understand said singer, and that music is played, in the clubs, in the 'chill' room where people can go and relax and let their hearts slow down and not explode.) And, being electronic music, sometimes there are 4-5-6-7 versions of the same song playing in a club, at the same time, depending on what 'room' one is in.

      Garbage is probably the harshest of the groups above, but the singer can really belt out a tune. And one of the James Bond movies used a song from them. The other ones are less well known but are better, having more mellow versions of their music available.

      Sad that Mandalay only lasted for two albums. Dangit.

    2. So I did listen and overall, enjoyable. Amethystium was my favorite, I think. Of them, I think only Garbage was previously known to me.

      Yes, nothing worse than groups that sound great and have a limited life span.

    3. Amethystium passes the "I can read or sleep to this piece" more overall as a percentage than the other groups.

  3. Have a listen to Public Service Broadcasting. Start off with Spitfire and have a look around at their other work.


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