|Fashionista Metropolitan CDs (2004) |
Plagues (Musicskins) CD music While the music included on Fashionista Métropolitain: Music and Sex for the City is undoubtedly sensual and stylish, most of it is also miles away from the pounding, catwalk-ready electronica that dominates most collections with variations on the word "fashion" in the title. The opening track, the beautifully brooding "Shadow Journal" from Max Richter's excellent The Blue Notebooks, signals immediately that the album is different than many of its peers: the song builds samples of heartbeats and typewriters, haunting harp, violin, and keyboard motifs, and Tilda Swinton's moody narration into a ghostly epic. Not all of the album is this convention-defying, but pieces such as Egg's "Lost at Sea" and Two Banks of Four's "Two Miles Before Dawn" have a similarly adventurous, atmospheric approach. Likewise, the track selections aren't restricted to just different stripes of mellow electronica; breezy indie pop also gets its place in the spotlight with Club 8's "Spring ...