Release Date: 6 February 2007 (Sonic Unyon)
My Heart Has A Wish That You Would Not Go is the third full-length album from the Scottish band Aereogramme. It’s been over two years since their last EP and almost four years since their last LP. The album is full of well-placed string orchestrations, dynamic and rhythmic changes, and powerful alternative/progressive rock.
Nightmares (mp3) [removed]
To hear the songs on My Heart Has A Wish That You Would Not Go and watch the video of "Barriers," click here.
Today Nick is scheduled for a follow-up doctor’s visit. If all goes well, he’ll be allowed to minimally walk with a cane from now on. It’s been a long six weeks of bed rest. He’s watched a lot of movies. Dune, Trainspotting, Beetlejuice, The Exorcist, Tron – those were some of the favorites. He’s also listened to a lot of music. Radiohead, Mogwai, U2 (especially the pre-Rattle And Hum albums), and King Crimson. There was one new album that resonated with him. That album is My Heart Has A Wish That You Would Not Go by Aereogramme.
Watching movies every day, Nick has been getting lost in the stories. He can’t get up and walk, so he daydreams and lives adventures in his mind. The song “Barriers,” a catchy pop song with piano, strings, drums and cymbals, has lyrics that echo these thoughts. “I found love in the loneliest places/ Places I shouldn't be found/ I found love in the home of a sinner/ Wrapped in some bitter sweet song”
This albums builds and swells. It’s full of dynamics, like a movie soundtrack. The rhythms and audioscapes change during the songs. And the Craig B’s voice is a combination of comforting and aggressive.
“Conscious Life For Coma Boy” showcases the juxtaposition of rock and orchestral instruments. It starts with a cacophony of guitars, pianos, drums and cymbals. The noise fades to the simple arrangement of electric guitar, bass, drums, and vocals. The music builds on the chorus with the addition of strings. And the bridge brings back the full volume of the introduction. The song is sung to a boy in a coma, to which Nick can relate. “It's not something/ To love or hate/ But don't you dare go throw it away/ May you be all you can be/ Coma boy”
While he has been without movement, Nick has had too much time to think about his entire life. He can’t help feeling older now that he has had a major joint replaced with prostheses. When he was younger, he thought he knew everything. He thought he would see the world and live adventures every day. The lyrics of “The Running Man,” with its polyrhythms and piano, share these realizations. “But now there's time/ To live my life/ As it decays”
Nick has been relying on his friends for food, entertainment, and company. But he’s depended on his girlfriend the most. She’s had to change his clothes and bathe him. She’s been the one to change the DVDs and CDs. “You’re Always Welcome” is the love song for their relationship. “You have a home here/ You have a place to hide/ You're always welcome”
So today, Nick is hopeful. As he visits the surgeon who replaced his knee with an artificial joint, he is optimistic that he will begin walking with a cane. Soon, physical therapy will begin. And one day he may play soccer again. His life is different now, but he is approaching these changes with apprehension and anticipation.
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