Shipwrecks inspire. They always have and they always will because they speak to transcendental parts of the human condition. (If you’re interested, check out this personal favorite: Hans Blumenberg’s Shipwreck with Spectator: Paradigm of a Metaphor for Existence.) So it’s hardly surprising that shipwrecks show up all the time in literature and the arts — everything from The Odyssey and Gilligan’s Island to The Raft of the Medusa and The Perfect Storm. Surprisingly, “shipwreck culture” is hardly on the wane. Take, for example, the recent track “Shipwreck”–a collaboration between Thom Yorke and Modeselektor–featured on Modeselektor’s soon-to-be-released LP Monkeytown. I’m no music critic (especially when it comes to electronic music) so I’ll quote a review published on Indie Shuffle:
another awesome track … If you haven’t already figured it out, I’d highly recommend you listen to this track on a sound system with crisp bass. Otherwise you’ll be missing some of the best parts.
This review offers a more technical description: A stretched-out IDM/krautrock hybrid that makes great use of Yorke’s falsetto. Sounds good to me.
Sorry I can’t figure out how to post the audio track, but click here to listen. (The image is the cover art for Monkeytown.) Wonder what the next shipwreck art will be?