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Music Crush of the Moment

Image sourced from GoogleThis is a recent addition to my music collection. I have to admit that I am not all that familiar with Dub-Step as a genre of music, though apparently I have heard quite a bit of it.

Alex Clare came into my collection because of a commercial. A friend told Matt to listen to a particular song that was/is being featured in the new IE8 commercial*. After a quick search on YouTube, Matt sat me down and told me to listen to the song as well. This prompted me to look Alex Clare up on iTunes and see what was available for purchase. I came away with his most recent album called Lateness of the Hour (which contains the song featured in the commercial).

Knowing that Dub-Step is an amalgamation of rap and electronica, I was not expecting to hear such an eclectic mix. I listened to the album several times and found myself drawn to several songs. The first one I am going to share has a Mo-Town feel to it because of a heavily featured brass section.

The lyrics are rather catchy if somewhat hard to understand at first. Alex has a tendency to slur his words together and/or drop syllables to make things fit into a particular meter. Usually I shy away from vocals that are like that (thus my issues with The Fray) But Alex has a way of turning a phrase that I really really like and I’ve found myself saying those particular lines over and over again.

Hands Are Clever by Alex Clare

Care about no history,
I just wanna go and raise a family with you,
Raise ’em true, raise ’em properly.
I’m built for cover do it built for speed,
And I wanna go fast so gimme what I need now,
I bet you hear that all the time.
I’ve been watchin’ you sitting there,
And I wanna pull you near.

Words are clever,
Hands are better,
So let’s put them together.
Do you want what I got?
Cause I need your company.
If you doubt a thing that I say,
And you’re tired of playing games, I’m in!

I’m gonna get you those precious things,
Like old brand whiskey and chicken wings,
See that’s a promise I can keep.
I like cashmere I like your sweater,
But if you take it off we’ll both feel better,
You know I’ll help you happily.
If these lights are low enough,
No one’s gonna see you blush.

Words are clever,
Hands are better,
So let’s put them together.
Do you want what I got?
Cause I need your company.
If you doubt a thing that I say,
And you’re tired of playing games, I’m in!

(Ooooh)
There’s only so much I can say,
To convince you.
No words that have their place,
Not in a bedroom.
Said I don’t care if you go.
Well, that’s a lie, cause I do.

Words are clever,
Hands are better,
So let’s put them together.
Do you want what I got?
Cause I need your company.
If you doubt a thing that I say,
And you’re tired of playing games, I’m in!

Words are clever,
Hands are better,
So let’s put them together.
Do you want what I got?
Cause I need your company.
If you doubt a thing that I say,
And you’re tired of playing games, I’m in!

And you’re tired of playing games, I’m in!

The second song I am sharing is to show how eclectic I feel Alex Clare’s music is; yet it is still considered to be Dub-Step. The song features a piano as well as a flute and of all things – the sounds of birds.

Hummingbird by Alex Clare

Take what you need, and leave the rest,
No I don’t mind, no I don’t mind,
I’ll get this off my chest,
There’s nowhere else I’d rather be.

Come flying in, and then again,
I’m not here long enough to pretend that I seem so well,
There’s nowhere else you’d rather be.

Like a hummingbird in flight you are,
Hovering, hovering ’round me,
And I move near, you fly away.
Like a hummingbird in flight you are,
Hovering, hovering near me,
As I move near, you fly away.

Don’t fly away [x3]

What can I say, you have to wait,
You find it hard to say and to articulate,
I know there’s nowhere else you’d rather be.

It seems so clear, I know we’re through,
Yet all I wanna do is make love to you,
I know there’s nowhere else you’d rather be.

Like a hummingbird in flight you are,
Hovering, hovering near me,
As I move near, you fly away.
Like a hummingbird in flight you are,
Hovering, hovering near me,
As I move near, you fly away.

Don’t fly away [x5]

Buzzing around my head, things you have done,
The words you have said.
Remember me, after you’ve left,
I’ll try but I can’t forget.

Like a hummingbird in flight you are,
Hovering, hovering ’round me,
As I move near, you fly away.
Like a hummingbird in flight you are,
Hovering, hovering ’round me,
As I move near, you fly away.

Don’t fly away [x5]
Take a listen. What do you think?

*song featured in IE8 commercial is called Too Close.

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A Fibre Arts Enthusiast, a writer of fiction, a would-be foodie, and a collector of champagne glasses...Owner of Loose Endings Studio.

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