Thursday, January 19, 2012

Thursday Thunderbird Jam: Chromatics- Running Up That Hill (2007)


“If I only could, I'd make a deal with God and get him to swap our places...”

Kate Bush released “Running Up That Hill” on her 1985 album Hounds of Love. Over two decades later the track still holds up and influences a new generation of pop artists including Portland's punk-disco outfit, Chromatics.

Chromatics re-imagines the song on their 2007 record Night Drive, the album acting as an introduction to new lead singer Ruth Radelet, and what a stunning introduction it is. Kate Bush's ethereal voice is so unique that it would be impossible to emulate and gladly Radelet doesn't attempt to. Instead she utilizes her own distinct vocal gifts to create a breathy, moody, and sexy take on this ode to masculine/feminine miscommunication.

Admittedly the atmospheric production on the 1985 original can sound a bit dated (mostly the bombastic drums). Chromatics improve upon this in their version; slowly building each element with a subtle, increasing intensity so that you're never distracted by the electronic flourishes but entranced by them. Adding to the sensual and intoxicating vibe of the track is the exceptional guitar work of Adam Miller. He is able to provide a sparse but precise rhythm, plucking sharp, bright tones that transport you into the fluid, languid world of the song.

To say this track is sexually charged would be a gross understatement. It's friggin' hot. When you get home from work today, put it on and lay a smooch on your Mr. or Mrs. It'll work. Trust me. It's a beautiful song, a touching song, an erotic song. A prayer for mutual understanding and empathy between lovers despite the fact that men and women will never, ever truly achieve it.

Chromatics - Running Up That Hill .mp3
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