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Music Monday #10: This Mortal Coil [20120220|20:27]
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I think I may have to give up on finding new music to post about every three out of four weeks, because what I really want to do is share the strong memory associations I have with music.

This instrumental piece, Thaïs (2), from This Mortal Coil's Filigree & Shadow spent a good deal of time on repeat during my second year at Very Expensive University located in a not-very-nice part of Los Angeles. The first half of that year was both tumultuous and miserable, and ambient music calmed my mind. The distant helicopter sound on the track echoed the actual helicopters that frequently circled overhead. The synergy of my environment with the record negated reality's menace.

The rest of the album is haunting, melancholy, jarring and wistful by turns, with sparse vocals. I find it comforting.



[This Mortal Coil's "Thaïs (2)", YouTube video, 03:14]

ETA: I simply must mention Ivy and Neet from the same album. It's a slow, simple piece dominated by a few piano chords that I kept on repeat after my grandfather died.
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[User Picture]From: doccy
2012-02-20 20:47 (UTC)
Oooh, good and calmed, that's me *s*
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-02-20 21:40 (UTC)
:) Excellent. I added another soothing track.
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[User Picture]From: leidan
2012-02-20 22:17 (UTC)
I love This Mortal Coil, and though I listen to It'll End in Tears and Blood semi-regularly somehow Filagree and Shadow has slipped through.

I shall rectify this error.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-02-21 20:50 (UTC)
Oh yes, please do. I have the feeling you'll love it.
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[User Picture]From: leidan
2012-02-22 00:55 (UTC)
Listened to it today while I walked and thought of my home far away and the aniversay of that stupid damn earthquake.

It was perfect.

Thanks so much.
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