07 August 2012

SHE FEELS LOVE IN DIGITAL STEREO


















Saint Etienne - Words And Music By Saint Etienne
  
Custa um pouco a acreditar mas, segundo um estudo recente da YouGov – uma empresa "online" de "market research" – a forma mais popular para o público descobrir uma música continua a ser a rádio, o local preferido para se ler críticas de música ainda é a imprensa escrita e o prazer de comprar um disco físico supera o de o descarregar da Internet. Nós podemos duvidar mas os Saint Etienne, não. Simultaneamente, fãs e clássicos académicos pop – Bob Stanley e Pete Wiggs foram jornalistas e críticos de música –, ao oitavo álbum, optaram por tornar absolutamente explícito aquilo que, anteriormente, era apenas o subtexto latente da sua discografia: a pop como guia para a vida e ferramenta para decifrar o mundo.



Exactamente da mesma forma que Rob Fleming (o protagonista de High Fidelity, de Nick Hornby), organizava a sua colecção de discos não alfabeticamente mas autobiograficamente, na capa de Words And Music, exibem o mapa de uma localidade imaginária onde todas as ruas e artérias têm nomes de canções – "Tobacco Road", "Thunder Road", "Penny Lane"... – e todo o disco é uma gigantesca madalena de Proust pronta a fazer disparar os gatilhos da memória. Que a voz de "indie sex-kitten" bem comportada de Sarah Cracknell evoca, sussurrando “I used Top Of The Pops as my world atlas”, “I feel love in digital stereo”, “I was in love, and I knew he loved me because he'd made me a tape" ou defendendo “the strange and important sound of the synthesiser”. Coisa “estranha e importante” que foi sempre a matriz da sua "indie dance music" amável e literata e que, em Words And Music (título esclarecedor sugerido por Lawrence, dos Felt), tem o seu instante de autocelebração, no qual, ao contrário, de Rob Fleming, nunca vacila na sua fé.

5 comments:

zeromilhoes said...

Esta também custa a acreditar:
"Não estar no Facebook pode ser sinal de «perturbação mental»"
http://diariodigital.sapo.pt/news.asp?id_news=586349

João Lisboa said...

Estes romanos são loucos.

Anonymous said...

Oops ... só agora descobri que desde sempre confundi estes St Etienne ... com o artista St Germain!!
Logo eu que nos anos 80 me orgulhava de distinguir os Feelies, os Fall e os Felt... LOL
Nuno Gonçalves

João Lisboa said...

Looool!

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