Hot Album: “O” by Damien Rice
What can I say. The chain of events leading me to listen to this album is a bit of a tenuous one.
I have been expanding the range of films I’m watching recently and was trying got find an English langauge trailer for the Cannes Winner from 2004 a Hong Kong Movie Called 蝴蝶 (HuDie – Butterfly) I happened to find a video montage edit of the film on Youtube to a song called the “Blower’s* Daughter” by a man called Damien Rice. Something rang a bell and I checked through my albums to find that I already had a song of his on the charity album “HELP: A Day in the Life”.
*Apparently “Blower” is a word that was used at Damien’s School for the flute teacher.
What a song, I was blown away! It left me speechless and not many songs can do that! He sings it with such passion and sense of loss that I felt I was the one who’d suffered the pangs myself. I played the video three times in a row. it was the first time I’ve ever seen music put so convincingly to video.
I also found that the Blower’s Daughter was used for a film called “Closer” with my fave, Jude Law I watched a couple of montages for that film, too but was not convinced.
No, this song was and will always remain for me, connected to the film Butterfly.
A bit more research turned up the album “O” and I purchased it from Amazon forthwith.
01. delicate 02. volcano 03. the blower's daughter 04. cannonball 05. older chests 06. amie 07. cheers darlin' 08. cold water 09. i remember 10. eskimo
It’s a crime that such talent is forced to hide behind the sort of mediocre crap that’s so popular! I can’t believe that I haven’t heard more of him.
Just listen to Volcano, or better yet, check out Youtube’s Volcano video from Abbey Road! Jeezus this guy pulls the heartstrings!
I have a feeling this is going to be on my shortlist for some time, along with Sia and a couple of songs by Sarah Nixey.