Song of the Day, June 29: Bored By Dreams by Marianne Faithfull

FaithfullSecretBoredMarianne Faithfull is a restless musical soul and that works to everyone’s advantage. After a brief career as a folk-pop chanteuse and nearly a decade out of the spotlight, she blasted back with the smart, harrowing Broken English. Since then she’s never looked back, releasing a steady stream of albums that range from smart sets of covers to indie collaborations to carefully crafted alt-rock song cycles. For her 13th album, 1995’s A Secret Life, she found an unusual collaborator.

Angelo Badalamenti was best known for his eerie instrumental work, providing soundtracks for David Lynch’s unique cinematic vision. Paired with Faithfull, he added a quiet claustrophobia to her meditations. It’s a mixed bag, but when it works it’s amazing. The finest moment is Bored By Dreams. What do we do when even our aspirations leave us cold? It’s a dark thought, carefully explored. Faithfull’s weary words and Badalamenti’s languid music balance each other nicely, and the overall effect is disturbing yet oddly compelling.

Enjoy this dark track today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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