So it’s the last day of summer according to my diary. The link above is to a mix put together by Jens Lekman that I think fits perfectly with the theme of this blog. With the mix, Jens puts together a disparate range of tracks in the same time signature (3/4) in order to say something basic and fundamental about the human condition. To me it seems as though songs in 3/4 time have a certain unique quality of romantic longing that is not there in most tracks in the standard 4/4 time. It’s not just music that can fit this time signature, also included are a few dialogue excerpts from films that have the same one, two, three rhythm. Below is what Jens says about the mix:
“My mind started working in 3/4 and 6/8 time. I started looking around for tracks in that time signature to make a mix, I wasn’t intending to but I couldn’t help it. It was all a big swirl. After a while I heard it everywhere. In soul ballads, in polyrhythmical african pop, in old movies. In the ocean waves tumbling in against the shore, in the beat of a lovers heart. One two three, one two three…”
The tracklist is: Au Revoir Simone – Shadows (Jens Lekman’s remix) /// Barbara Mason – Oh How It Hurts /// Thomas Mapfumo – Madiro /// the Morning Benders – Excuses /// dialogue from Gregory’s Girl (1981) /// Chad & Jeremy – Everyone’s Gone To The Moon /// music and dialogue from Day Of The Locust (1975) /// Eggstone – Birds In Cages /// Pete Drake – Forever /// Armando Mantovani – Around the World /// dialogue from Puberty Blues (1981) /// Jane Morgan & the Troubadours – Fascination /// Armando Trovajoli – L’Amore Dice Ciao /// Sharon O’Neill – Puberty Blues /// Like A Sleepy Blue Ocean
Now go download it!