PASCAL COMELADE - Fragments (Les Disques Du Soleil Et De L’Acier, 1984)
Aptly titled Fragments sees layers of gentle melodies applied over and over and over. This song doesn't evoke one particular mood in me, which is the appeal I think. It's moving and beautiful, which is why it's in this list, and also because my good friend showed this to me so it reminds me of good-music-sharing-friendly times.
MAXINE FUNKE - Icelandic (Brierfield Flood Press, 2018)
Modern entry point into the catalogue of Dunedin folk artist Maxine Funke. Really anything by her - especially the album Lace - would make the transition from life to death all the more ‘divine’, but this particular song, with its reversed vocal, has a particularly intriguing, sinister twist.
C. DIAB - Novus Memoria (Injazero Records, 2016)
Title really says it all. Modern classical. Good way to go out.
F INGERS - Escape Into The Bushes (Blackest Ever Black, 2015)
Still one of my favourites from F ingers, and probably the first song of theirs I heard. Guitars all bleak and down-tuned with a stoic vocal, all the things I think would be suitable for ‘the end’.
COIL - The Wraiths and Strays of Paris (Threshold House, 2016)
Well everything Coil would be AOK for this list but this song is a real core-shaker. It's a cover, so if you like, be sure to check the original by Advisory Circle.
MARK - See in Symbols (Unterton, 2018)
Mark's music certainly soundtracks the end of things - the end of free-love and cheap living in Berlin for one (see A Colourful Storm). But with this release he really goes deep with his post Drum & Bass sound into apocalyptic, movie style, almost musique concréte territory. Production quality to die for too. Hehe.
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN - Waiting For The Moon to Rise (Jeepster Recordings, 2000)
Well, could always end on a high and just wait for the moon to rise whilst gentle flutes, violin, guitars and Sarah Martin's vocal chirpse you into the light.
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