Burial – Archangel
Only yesterday in my post I was jokingly criticising music for its emotive qualities enabling a certain piece of music (it may only be a few notes) to transport you back through years and across continents to the memories associated with a certain time you happened to be listening to it. Today’s post is another song that does this, but in an altogether more positive sense.
In September of 2008 I went on the best holiday of my life so far, I spent two weeks on a trip trekking around Borneo. One of the albums I had recently heard and was giving regular spins was “Untrue” the much acclaimed second album from mysterious dub-step artist Burial. On a long, quite hairy, mini-bus trip in the second week I was so engrossed in listening, hunched down in my seat, eyes closed, noise cancelling earphones plugged in, that I managed to miss seeing the near miss we had! I felt the brakes go on, hard, opened my eyes to see the pale, alarmed but relieved faces around me, their hastily taken breaths escaping with audible hisses, “what was that?” I asked nonchalantly, “WE NEARLY DIED!!” they all chorused!
But other than keeping my stress levels down on a three hour bus journey in Borneo, in a vehicle with no air conditioning (at least, nothing noticeable back where I was sitting!), the main memory is of listening to it at night when we reached our destination, Sabah Tea Plantation.
After three days and nights in a stifling jungle it was a glorious relief to emerge from the sweaty mini-bus at a higher altitude to be greeted by a cool breeze, aaahhhhh, lovely! 😎
Lying in the dark in my room (really just a divided section of the huge longhouse where we all slept), listening to “Archangel” (or indeed anything off “Untrue”) was something special, and if I listen to it now on headphones and close my eyes, I could be back in that wonderful chilled out place!