“It’s Frank Sinatra. Can I turn this song off now?”
–Blogger #4, who apparently likes her masterpieces a little more melodic, referring to “Angel Eyes” by Black Swan, after excavating The Chairman of the Board himself from under shovelfuls of vinyl static, competing samples, synthesizer, piano, strings, and general clamor
So there it is. The haunting, distant sample that governs Black Swan’s “Angel Eyes” is Frank Sinatra’s “Angel Eyes,” hiding in plain sight. It’s not only a little annoying that we’ve missed that for a month now.
In a year filled with some terrific dark ambient releases — think Tim Hecker, Deaf Center, Antonymes, Matthew Cooper — The Quiet Divide is proving to be one of the two most intriguing albums of the year, in any genre (Field Rotation’s Acoustic Tales announced its intentions for Best of 2011 in late 2010). Like the sign says: A symphony of misery and sorrow. Read my review at Fluid Radio for more.