is a record with a lot of personal memories...memories that are so personal that I can't share them on here -- not out of shame or discomfort but because they might not be appropriate for this publication. Bjork has always had a knack for blending the turbulent with the euphoric, but on that record, she paired the turbulent and euphoric with the vulnerable and the intimate, and hearing that album in the right state of mind can be a transformative experience. When artists are influenced by Bjork, it's more common for me to hear traces of Homogenic
-- which is fine; those are great records -- but Vespertine
rarely rears its head. But when I heard "Fear me" by Sad Robot
, which we're premiering today, Vespertine
was the first thought to spring to mind -- with a touch of Florence and the Machine as well.
Sad Robot's Katherine Pawlak has that rare breed of voice which is both powerful but also textured and deeply dramatic. When she sings "Fear me now" over and over again, it feels less like a warning and more like raw self-excoriation. There's hints of regret and deeply rooted pain twisting their way through the natural beauty of her voice and the track's arrangement. And the marvelous build and release of tension in the track accentuates "Fear me"'s hidden turbulence.
The song is on Sad Robot's upcoming record, Aprés Moi Le Déluge
, which is due out June 23rd.