At last, the start of posts about my favourite music I came across last year.
I’ve been listening to Kelley Polar since his first album Love Songs Of The Hanging Gardens was reccomended to me by emusic. It was nice, but didn’t really hook me but his second album I Need You To Hold On While The Sky Is Falling is quite simply fantastic and this song, Chrysanthemum is perfect.
Hushed breathing over his by now standard ethereal synth and drum machine sounds leads into a lovely intro
One white skull used to be a friend of mine
Two atoms kiss and what a funny valentine
Three more years before you’ll ever see the sun shine
I held your hand but now you’re just a fuzzy outline
followed by the chilling and evocative chorus
Make a chrysanthemum of every human head
Make a chrysanthemum and kill them in their bed
And if you haven’t quite got it, I think the video makes it nice and clear. The album is well worth a try, with a brilliant mix of modern clear production values against a sumptuous 80s sound.