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.

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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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