by carl wilson

It's In The Trees, It's Coming!
New Kate Bush

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Just one of hundreds of beautiful Kate Bush images (including an astounding gallery of childhood pictures) available at Gaffaweb.

It's the first new Kate Bush material in a dozen years and, with typically tweakful perversity, it's about Elvis. King of the Mountain is the first single from Bush's forthcoming "double-album" (a term that's kind of lost its meaning while she's been away) Aerial, due Nov. 7. While the single isn't officially out till Oct. 24, it was previewed today on the BBC and so of course it will be ubiquitous on the file-swapping services. ("Release date" being another term that doesn't quite mean what it once did.) You can hear the song about 37 minutes into the show (preceded by Roxy Music's Virginia Plain, one of my favourite songs) or try this direct link (which may not last long). The song is quite beautiful, much superior I think to the late pre-retirement material on The Red Shoes, if not quite at the level of my favourite album of hers, The Dreaming. Certainly not recommended for anti-mope popskateers, but perfect as always for a sensuous wallow.

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The Elvis allusions seem fitting, a clever joke coming from a cult singer whose fans are constantly babbling about having spotted her in the pharmacist's or a cloud formation... "There's a rumour that you're on ice/ And you will rise again someday," she sings. The title likewise seems like a bit of self-satirizing cheek. But the single is all about sound. The words are deliberately obscured, it seems, bubbling out as if riding a bobbing buoy, while a Tom Waits-reminiscent marimba line provides a riddim (the most contemporary-feeling aspect), keyboards swell and proggy guitars and drums offer a so-dated-it's-fresh dash of spice. It hasn't quite the force and originality of imagery of her best songs, but it makes up for that in the ambience of mystery she's had mastered - along with a healthy dose of camp - since she emerged as a teenager. It's startling to think she's 47 now. (For an amusing capsule version of the Kate story listen to this week's BBC Blagger's Guide to Music: "She releases albums the way people in legends release ogres - that is, not very often, and then only by accident." It's partway thru the show, after the very funny guide to prog-rock: "Prog-rock was invented in the late 1960s, by Satan, to kill people.")

Lyrics to the new single on the jump.

King of the Mountain
Written, Performed & Produced by Kate Bush

Could you see the aisles of women?
Could you see them screaming and weeping?
Could you see the storm rising?
Could you see the guy who was driving?
Could you climb higher and higher?
Could you climb right over the top?
Why does a multi-millionaire
Fill up his home with priceless junk?

The wind is whistling
The wind is whistling
Through the house

Elvis are you out there somewhere
Looking like a happy man?
In the snow with Rosebud
And king of the mountain

Another Hollywood waitress
Is telling us she's having your baby
And there's a rumour that you're on ice
And you will rise again someday
And that there's a photograph
Where you're dancing on your grave

The wind is whistling
The wind is whistling
Through the house

Elvis are you out there somewhere
Looking like a happy man?
In the snow with Rosebud
And king of the mountain

The wind it blows
The wind it blows the door closed

Read More | On Record | Posted by zoilus on Wednesday, September 21 at 1:20 PM | Linking Posts

 

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