This is the first part in a fictional interview conducted with Felicity Faux, a superheroine who dubiously discusses her place in the comic book canon and her role as a female protagonist.
This was written by Will Deacon, who will be offering more like this, as well as introducing himself to the readers of vaein in due time.
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Ooh, my first time reviewing a song! and what better way to start reviewing than to review a favourite song from a favourite movie!
”A Real Hero” by College (ft. Electric Youth) sets the perfect backdrop for director Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2011 film, Drive. I feel as though I’m reviewing the two together, because it’s as if the song was written for the movie, it fits that well! for those who haven’t seen the film, it’s an 80’s sounding almost noir action flick. There are some words you’d never expect to be strung together! Mr handsome, Ryan Gosling, is a hollywood stuntman/getaway driver/mechanic, who happens to get caught up in the family drama of his neighbour, the ever so lovely Carey Mulligan. Ryan Gosling becomes the hero for the lady across the hall, and if you push aside all the violence and mess, it’s a romance at heart.
Now to the music! The soundtrack for this film is flawless. Each track is what i’d describe as the heart of the film squished down and pushed through a synthesiser.
This particular song, “A Real Hero”, was originally released in 2010 on a five track ep, but on hearing it, you’d expect it to be something you’d find in your dad’s record collection. The banging synth line and ethereal vocals of Electric Youth’s front lady make for a perfect match that make you feel all nostalgic about something that never happened. The line “real human being” is repeated for the majority of the song, putting a big emphasis on the fact that this hero is, yes, a hero, but a real dude who acted out of common sense and human nature. It gives you that ‘fuck yeah I’m a hero because I did something right but who wouldn’t in a situation like this?’ vibe. It also dabbles in the ‘human beings are actually pretty awesome and kind hearted’ vibe, too. It might be ryan gosling’s perfect face sketched in my mind, but this song takes me to road warmed by the sun, and puts the ‘I just woke up windswept’ look in my hair. Extremely comforting, nostalgic, and catchy as hell, this song is definitely something great.
Did a photoshoot for @vaeinzine with @eleanoramor @splitting_heads and @riotsandrevolutions today 😚
This happened yesterday! Our next issue is going to be a lot more forward and in your face than this one.
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Our sweet track sunday actually stretched out to be a full album: so here it is!
The mood of James Blake in his new record ‘Overgrown’ is a dark existentialist reality looking straight down the barrel of the nature we make for ourselves in our everyday life.
Blake breaks down barriers of artistic mediums within sound and film particularly in the tracks ‘retrograde’ and ‘overgrown.’ These two have film clips that create moments that are an overwhelming exploration of the rhythmical, almost primitive, self. Musically, the record has a strong thread of simplicity-combining Blake’s soulful voice, chill wave beats and an illustrative electronic soundscape, much like being pulled into the centre of a industrial machine. The films that have been created to support the record add another texture altogether using slow motion cinematography and dim lighting to represent the sense of disorientation in the face of a surreal world.
Like feeling a heavy pulse in the depths of your chest ‘Overgrown’ holds tight your attention while you face your own reality.