Random goodness brought to you by the letter A…
Air: La Femme d’Argent
“A slow glide through seven minutes of growing bliss” – allmusic.com
“…neo-symphonic bliss-outs for the next Generation Next. For the Jazz Club in space” – NME
“weightless trip-hop exoticism…cannibalizing Muzak, Italian soundtracks, and lounge…” – Spin
Arcade Fire: Brazil
A cover of Ary Barroso’s samba hit from 1939, also known as “Aquarela do Brasil” (“Watercolor of Brazil”). Ary Barroso was one of Brazil’s most successful songwriters of the 20th century He was also a noted soccer commentator.
Ryan Adams: Damn, Sam (I Love a Woman That Rains)
From Ryan Adams’ solo debut, Heartbreaker. This song didn’t slow down any of the comparisons with Dylan. Calm as a fruit stand in New York, and maybe as strange.
Barry Adamson with Nick Cave: The Sweetest Embrace
Barry Adamson was a member of the first Bad Seeds line-up, and appeared on four Bad Seeds albums. Oedipus Schmoedipus was a cinematic soundtrack for a film that didn’t exist. Nick Cave adds vocal and co-writes this non-film noir track.