I came across a tune on MySpace today that I can't get out of my head; and when I hear it - in my head - I think I can actually smell salt water in the air and hear the currents gently spray waves against the wooden hull of an 18th century ship. I'm down below, and it's night.
Visit Alice Rose's MySpace page and if it doesn't play automatically, click on A Tale of Sailing and you'll see what I'm talking about.
Here's what somebody more professional than me said:
Featuring 13 tracks by the Danish musician and songwriter, 'Tales of Sailing' is a blend of mesmerizing vocals, viola, keys and beats which spans a range of styles folky trip-hop, modern electro, lo-fi experimental, and up-tempo dance. From the simple vocals & accordion sea shanty of 'A Tale of Sailing', to the dancy 'Rare Bird' and Trash, from the electronica of Absent Lover and Dark Cloud to the tweaked drum-n-bass of German pop song 'Schön Wäre es'the unifying force in all of them is the achingly beautiful voice of Ms. Rose. Aside from her own compositions, she also collaborated with major electronic musicians Gabriel Ananda and Frank Martiniq, as well as others.
Buy it at Audio Lunchbox.