Its that time of year again. Helloween. The smell of Autumn, steamy cider, wet leaves on boots, molding pumpkins, older kids jacking younger kids candy.... angry 1 %-ers washing dried shaving cream off of their Bentleys. Always makes me think dark. Dream darker. In astonishingly realistic horrific scenarios. Creeping thoughts that cling to the dead rush of fear. Like Hayrides where someone lights the hay on fire with all of the riders in it. Pulling up floorboards and seeing a writhing sea of ravenous rats. The new Coldplay album. You know what I mean.
Fortunately there is plenty of music out there with contributing artists unknowingly creating soundtracks to ugly dreams and maniacal thoughts that may not have even happened yet. I try to do this every year and, to my surprise, keep discovering a dubious dearth of dark. A video or the song, and a one sentence first thought upon hearing it will follow each
Here's a few.
1) A Shaving of the Horn that Speared You- Sunn-O
In the woods behind your house amidst a Sunday morning mist, seven hooded figures standing silent in between the pines, facing your patio.
2) Little One- Elliott Smith
In a dank, druggy windowless basement, within a halo of spoon and newsprint, a troubadour can't find his guitar sitting next to him.
3) Night Goat- Fantomas/Melvins Big Band
Someone has poisoned the Bulls and Goats in the barn and they have bashed through their wooden holds and are stomping the chickens trying to escape.
4) Cafe- Tim Buckley
Bluured out flashback of a disheveled lonely old crone through a thunderstorm soaked window as the apocalypse approaches.
5) Terror Tram- Buckethead( Death Cube K)
The only rider on a monorail through the seventh level of hell.