Archive for the ‘Love’ Category

Eminence by Kim Mennen

 

It’s unusual for me to pick up on a song because it has appeared in the chart. However, this came out of nowhere; so much so that there is very little out there on the web about Birdy. She’s only fourteen apparently, but her voice and selection to cover Bon Iver’s ‘Skinny Love’ are perfection. Let’s hope not too much pressure builds up on her shoulders as it rises up the chart, and she’s given time to produce more songs of this quality.

My usual approach to finding an appropriate song was thrown out the window a bit with this one. I decided to just keep repeating the song while going through some of my favourite site links instead. Finally I found ‘Eminence’ by Kim Mennen, which has made the Sony Photograph Awards shortlist in the Fashion category. From the site:

“Transcending boundaries of sexuality using the androgynous male form. Submersed in the physically liberating environment of water, enabled the model to use his garments with fluidity to create a dream-like reality.”

Eminence seems to match the pace of the piano in Skinny Love; in a way the photograph depicts a bird in flight, a fit for the flow of the last minute of the song. There are much more shots below and above water on Kim Mennen’s unusual photography website. Links to both artists are below…

Birdy info: Buy on iTunes

Kim Mennen info: Main Site, Sony Shortlist Site

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Happy Couple by Rae Marshall

 

There’s been a lot of blogs talking about Oupa, the alias for Yuck frontman Daniel Blumberg. Mostly focused on the track ‘Forget’, which is worth the hype (despite minor recording flaws). There is set to be a seven-track album release some time this summer, which is likely to be better than anything Yuck produce (unfortunately for the other bandmates, whoops)! Oupa will be performing in London and New York over these next couple of months.

The song lyrics have strong angst and love themes, and the music is delicate, which for an image to support needs to be quite simple with the message. ‘Happy Couple’ by Rae Marshall seems to match. I like the bags on the heads, with the idea that sometimes they don’t see eye-to-eye, but the holding hands still makes them strong as a couple. Also, the colours are mellow, otherwise they’d be too strong for the song. Rae has a lot more photography and portfolio themes on her website (including more bag on head images…Win)! Links to both artists are below…

Oupa info: Main Site, SoundCloud, Yuck Myspace

Rae Marshall info: deviantART, Facebook Site, Main Site

Lost by Robin de Blanche

 

James Blake, alongside Jessie J, is the big thing right now in the UK. There’s a real intimacy to his voice that reminds me of Antony & The Johnsons. Having not long finished studies in music, he’s entering the charts with his self-titled debut album to massive critical acclaim. It’s also well-deserved. This is his cover of Joni Mitchell’s ‘A Case of You’ performed live on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show. It demonstrates the calibre of the artist, and hopefully he goes onto great things.

‘A Case of You’ is all about love, like so many songs, but James adds a real darkness and loneliness to the piece. With a quick search I found ‘Lost’ by Robin de Blanche. The photograph for me summed up the song. It captures the loss of something beautiful, and the dark atmosphere of James’ voice and piano chords. Robin, hailing from Sweden, has many more fantastic photographs on his website, and I’m sure he’ll be a name for the future.

James Blake info on: Myspace, Official Site, BBC Profile

Robin de Blanche info on: Personal Site, DeviantArt