You’ll be aware by now that I’m just as likely to feature records interesting, obscured by time and distance, as I am to write about the default tracks that comprise our individual indie disco. My thesaurus tends to groan when shoegaze is again on the menu, whilst one indication of music obsession is in the rooting around in boxes of records. The hunger for something new, something different. The thrill of the chase, as it were.
And this is a ‘thrill of the chase’ kind of album. Soak by Mimi Goese was released in 1998, slipped out into the wider world (under just her first name) like a guilty secret, deserving of far more fanfare than it either received or demanded. It’s something that’s difficult to categorize, an accumulation of musical styles – fast and slow, dreamy versus driven – that fail to always hang together. Yet the overall effect – and it’s the vocal that does it – is one of enchantment (hence the gratuitous use of a Francesca Woodman photograph to illustrate the words. Image capture as something autumnal, haunting, composition loaded with tendrils of the pleasantly esoteric). This is a record of full of wispy, electronic nods, dream-like sentiment, intriguing soundscapes, not a million miles away from a clever, gorgeous photo.
Two tracks below the words. The version of Soundgarden’s ‘Black Hole Sun’ – about as far away from the original you can travel and still find the song recognizable – is present as much for curiosity factor than its ability to wow. ‘Clues of You’, however; this is a beautiful slice of music, a strange and alluring lullaby. Enjoy.
Mimi / Clues Of You
Mimi / Black Hole Sun