She’s back


Kate BushI just finished listening to the first new Kate Bush song in 12 years—the new single King of the Mountain. Follow the link and click on ‘Listen Again’—the song is about 37 minutes into the show (you can fast forward but not rewind). You’ll need Realplayer.

I haven’t been this excited about a new music release in years. The new album Aerial is out October 24th (more info here) and the official site is launched Nov 7.

I know twelve years have passed, but I couldn’t get that horrible thing she did with Prince on The Red Shoes out of my head, and I was afraid that her new work would try to be ‘poppy’ like that again. Well, to my great relief, on the strength of this single it seems Kate is back to her own unique and much-loved self. The song is atmospheric and a bit creepy, and takes its time building to one of those wonderful richly textured crescendos she does so well. I can hardly wait to hear it on a good stereo and have it grow on me as I know it will.

My last memory of a new Kate album is The Red Shoes, which I first played lying on my bed with headphones on in total darkness, savouring every moment. While it isn’t her best work it’s still head and shoulders over the output of most musicians. Like so many others I’ve missed new music from her more than I’ve realised. Masterworks like The Kick Inside, The Dreaming, The Hounds of Love … these albums have been the soundtrack to my life.

Good things take time they say—hopefully that’s true in this case, and this new album turns out to be something very special …

Update: Just discovered it will be a double album! Hallelujah!
By the way, this is my 100th post here on Headless Hollow. Thanks for stopping by, dear reader.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Guy Jeffrey
    Sep 23, 2005 @ 09:53:07

    You make me want to revisit those old Kate albums with this post. I think I will. Though perhaps not alone in complete darkness, now that’s creepy.

  2. anaglyph
    Sep 23, 2005 @ 13:31:10

    Hey, I heard The Futureheads cover of ‘Hounds of Love’ on JJJ yesterday and I quite liked it. One of those weird experiences where I didn’t recognize the song at first and then, hmm this seems strangely familiar… fantastic!

  3. Annie
    Sep 27, 2005 @ 11:09:12

    I stop everything when that comes on the radio too. Uh oh, am now compelled to go hunt for my original cassette tape now . . .