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As an avid music lover, I pick up new stuff all the time. Of course I like the music or I’m not going to get it, but obviously some stick out more than others and earn some serious playtime on my computer. The Electric Panda tries to focus mainly on music as it involves the metaverse, but sometimes these things come by that require being shared. Today we’re sharing two songs at opposite ends of the spectrum. One simple but powerful in it’s minimalism and the other soars with booming drums, ascending orchestration and rich lyricism.
Russian Red is the pseudonym of Spanish singer Lourdes Hernández. According to Wikipedia’s dumb ass, she has been called the Spanish Feist. If you were to compare her to anyone else (a sometimes necessary evil when describing music), I’d say the closest relation is Regina Spektor. Her quirky vocal fluctuations power a stripped-down, disarming acoustic act that stays sad but strangely soothing.
Florence and the Machine is the brainchild of singer Florence Welch, the Machine being her backing band. They’re a fairly new outfit, coming to the scene in 2007. I’m sitting here trying to think of what to say about this track, but what is there to say? It’s an incredible song, the kind that you put on repeat, the kind you hear in your head all day when you aren’t listening to it. “Cosmic Love” is exactly what it sounds like, out of this world.
What is it about you, panda? You’re a giant fucking bear with mandibles of death and for some reason you can get away with whatever the hell you feel like doing. Most of the time it’s nothing, because all you eat is freaking bamboo and you’re lazier than a pot-smoking koala. You’d think that being a branch-eating, sedentary fat ass would mellow you out, but god forbid a human get anywhere near you. Maybe we’d just like to cuddle, did you ever think of that you irritable pretend-bear? We all know you’re really a raccoon.
And then here’s the real joke, you damn near kill a guy but get off scott free because you’re so damn cute. You just can’t help but be the most adorable animal on the face of the earth can you? Next time I rob somebody’s jacket I’m gonna roll around in it after and hope the police let me walk free. You know, panda, elephants get killed for this kind of shit but you just prance around with the world in your outrageously cute little panda hands. I bet you’re real pleased with yourself right now.