Somehow I missed the news that Christina Aguilera was going to sing a track for the comic book tie-in The Spirit, although that could be because the film itself barely blipped onto my radar. Speaking of blips, “Falling In Love Again (Can’t Help It)” is an eight-minute plugged-in reworking of the Frederik Hollander/Sammy Lerner song first brought to prominence by Marlene Dietrich, and subsequently covered by lots ofother acts; Aguilera’s version has a musical bed that echoes the moody electro of Broadcast and Pram, and a remarkably restrained vocal take. Clip after the jump.
I don’t want to give away too much about the above clip for Pram’s “Beluga,” so I will just say that the black-and-white clip, which chronicles the surreal adventures of a masked women, is quite well-matched to the band’s recent turn toward what I keep thinking of as a “bossa nova horror-film” aesthetic, and it served to remind me that I’ve been woefully delinquent in listening to their fine album The Moving Frontier, the 11th (!) of their career; it’s mostly frosty, moody instrumentals that are scoring an epic movie in some genius’ head, but there are a few appearances by the stunning voice of Rosie Cuckston. It’s still not out in the States yet, but hey, maybe someday. As an extra treat, the fuzzed-out video for their 1998 track “Sleepy Sweet” is after the jump.
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The news of a new album from the otherworldly British electro outfit Pram–whose albums I have faithfully collected since 1995’s bewitching Helium, which is tragically still out of print–sort of snuck up on me, and I only found out two weeks ago that The Moving Frontier, their latest effort, was… More »