Sunday, December 13, 2009

The 2009-50: No. 2 - It was planned from the beginning and the plan was carried through

"Astronaut" - Salem Al Fakir.

This song was premiered in a couple of live performances at the end of 2008, in basic acoustic-guitar form, but by March 2009 it was released in its fully-formed version, and was the title track from Salem's second album, also released in March.

"Astronaut" is just such a simple and touching little song, yet as with many of Salem's songs there is a deep musicality underneath the deceptive simplicity; "Astronaut" is warm and melodic, and is also indicative of the new emotional depth to his material which I mentioned earlier in my countdown. This song will just melt your heart, and I still love it. But there's one song I loved even more...

Video: Bizarrely, you can't watch the cleverly animated "Astronaut" video on YouTube ("this video is not available in your country due to copyright restrictions") but you can watch it at Salem's MySpace: where you can also see the video for "Roxy", whilst you can also find the videos there for "This Is Who I Am", "Good Song" and "Dream Girl" from his first album.

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