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The Dull Flame of Desire: Our Vision

by TruffautBergman

Created 06/10/15

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A continuation of the list: I've Seen It All: A Union Of Visions; it's inspired/named after the song/single "The Dull Flame of Desire" by the marvelous Björk {featuring Antony Hegarty}, from the (2007) album "Volta". "Atom Dance"... I hope you enjoy! Please comment and recommend more films to this list.

P.S. The lyrics of the song were written by the amazing Russian poet, Fyodor Tyutchev and featured in the blessed Andrei Tarkovsky's "Stalker (1979)".

Enormous thanks/gratitude to: Peter_Wilson & Eric Levy for the splendid idea {and suggestions}; also, please check out: Mr. Wilson's incredible Directors Talk Directors list.

99 comments

  • By TruffautBergman
    November 10, 2016
    12:58 PM

    Hi! That's okay; like you said, we can't 'agree' on everything. I'm totally ready for a 'new deal'; my pick for you is "Closer than ever" by Infinity Frequencies; it's a really chill and almost nostalgic album... like a silk blanket, it's warm and soft yet unnervingly familiar. Also, there's a lot of muted cassette like static in the background, so it's a bit like listening to little bugs crawling and chirping around in the grass {at night}. What should I listen to?
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  • By Eric Levy
    November 10, 2016
    02:41 PM

    I love your description. My choice for you is the Aimee Mann songs from the soundtrack to MAGNOLIA.
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  • By TruffautBergman
    November 12, 2016
    05:09 PM

    Okay, I'm back and here are my thoughts on the songs by Aimee Mann {from the "Magnolia (1999)" soundtrack}. It reminded me a lot of the "Emmerdale" album {by The Cardigans}, but if a Neko Case like singer was the frontwoman {instead of Nina Persson}; the bit of pop, bit of rock, and bit of jazz {at times} adorned by her simple/honest lyrics gave the songs a cutesy vibe. The only {minor} 'hang-up' I had with Aimee Mann's voice was that it was kind of monotonous, like she had no [vocal] range, so that bothered me... I have that same 'problem' when I listen to Courtney Barnett. My 'favorite' tracks were, "One" {track one; I loved this bitter-sweet song's constant keyboard/piano and lurking bass with its gusty brass in the background} and "You Do" {track six; you know I like calm songs so this one was lovely to listen to, I thought her 'contemplating life' lyrics paired well with the soft guitar(s) and drum machine... also, the strings were a nice touch}. Overall, it was a really cozy/stilly mini-album, I really liked how all the songs melted together and didn't sound out of place; it made me think of a field of sunflowers that are starting to turn brown {during a sunset}, a kind of murky orangish yellow color -- like an orpiment.
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  • By Eric Levy
    November 16, 2016
    05:36 AM

    Hi Nina. So happy you enjoyed Aimee's songs. In a way that soundtrack is her best album, though I love and own all of them. As usual your descriptions are just lovely. So glad you got into it. Have you seen the show PORTLANDIA? Aimee plays herself in a hilarious episode from the first season. It's on Netflix and worth checking out. I listened to CLOSER THAN EVER this morning--exquisite. So relaxing as you say, but wildly varied at the same time. Creative use of sampled voices, wonderful repetition and ambience. Like a soundtrack to a movie that hasn't been made yet. You know my taste well! Ready for our next deal whenever you are. And more very exciting announcements yesterday. CAMERAPERSON looks amazing, and I love MILDRED PIERCE, WOMEN ON THE VERGE, and THE BEFORE TRILOGY. All definite purchases! Have you seen the BEFORE films? For that matter, have you seen MAGNOLIA? Gotta get busy updating my lists.
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  • By TruffautBergman
    November 16, 2016
    12:20 PM

    No, I haven't.. I'm not a fan of the 'Romance' genre [as you know], or of Richard Linklater {for that matter} so I've never been interested in "The Before Trilogy". In regards to "Magnolia (1999)", I need to see it; I love Paul Thomas Anderson but I haven't seen much from him so yeah, I'm definitely going to check that out. Okay! My pick for you is "Medúlla" by Björk; it's a gorgeous album, very motherly.. all the subtle hums/gasps/breaths are rather eerie yet nourishing, it makes me think of prenatal development and ladies giving birth {similar to the "Window Water Baby Moving (1959)"} which is quite unusual; it's so full of muscles and blood [that are so dark they're almost black]. The album can also be hypnotic {at times}, like watching a Janthina janthina form a bubble raft; it's so otherworldly. Also, this isn't part of the 'deal' but I think you'd really like "Bad Self Portraits" by Lake Street Dive {based off of what you've recommended to me [in the past]}; the album has an indie rock and jazzy vibe to it, that pairs well with Rachael Price's powerful voice.
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  • By Eric Levy
    November 21, 2016
    05:38 AM

    Hey there, Sorry for the delay. All sounds good. I'll get to the Bjork album soon, but it will probably be after Thanksgiving weekend at this point. I have lots more women artists I want to expose you to, but for the next couple times I'm going to go all classic rock on you. Time for you to catch up on some "classic" music as you already are doing with "classic" movies. So my pick this time is PET SOUNDS by the Beach Boys. Prepare to have your life changed ;-) If I don't talk to you before Thursday Nina, have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
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  • By Eric Levy
    November 23, 2016
    06:38 AM

    Hey, I actually listened to one of our deal suggestions first! Just finished listening to the Bjork album. Well, I'll never be the fan you are, but it was an impressive album in many ways. I guess I kind of feel about her voice the way you do about Tom Verlaine's. It's a matter of personal taste, but her voice just doesn't work for me. The way she uses it is very impressive however, and as you pointed out, the music is just incredible, very relaxing, and as you said, hypnotic. And you certainly can't accuse her of pandering or selling out. She does what she wants--an important quality for any artist. I guess I have to say I admire the album, and her work in general, more than I enjoy it, but that's cool. There are plenty of artists I don't admire. Excited to hear your thoughts about the Beach Boys. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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  • By TruffautBergman
    November 23, 2016
    03:40 PM

    Hi! Thanks for giving Björk another chance;"Medúlla" is probably her most experimental album to date {just ahead of "Biophilia" by a little baby sprinkle}, so a lot of her listeners didn't really 'get it' at the time and still don't {unfortunately}, but I'm glad you appreciate her creativity and ambition(s). Here are my thoughts on "Pet Sounds" by the Beach Boys. I thought Brian Wilson had a rather amiable voice and the lyrics were very winsome... not really my cup of tea, though that's not necessarily a bad thing. My 'favorite' tracks were "Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)" {track four; a calm song with bitter-sweet undertones... I loved the struggling strings and the sleepy bassline, with the dreary organ at the beginning}, "Let's Go Away for Awhile" {track six; again, the strings were beautiful -- they paired well with the sugary-sweet vibraphone, which made the song seem a bit 'dreamlike'}, and "Pet Sounds" {track twelve; kind of quirky/cute, I really liked the breezy brass and that little plucked 'ticking' sound at the end [maybe an upright bass {??}... I'm not sure what instrument that is]}. Overall it was a nice album; really childlike and bubbly so I can see the appeal... I think if you would have told me about this album and "Emmerdale" {by The Cardigans} in 2008 I would have loved it {back when I listened to a lot of pop(ular) music}, but I still appreciate the 'sugar-coated kisses' of pop music every now and then. Also, it reminded me of the field of daisies scene from "Harold and Maude (1971)" and a faded light blue color like a moonstone. Thanks for doing another music deal with me. Thank you!! I hope you and your family have a lovely Thanksgiving; stay safe!
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  • By Eric Levy
    November 29, 2016
    04:51 AM

    Hi Nina! How was your Thanksgiving? Mine was very nice. I think I told you we visited my father's family in Michigan. So glad you enjoyed PET SOUNDS. You know Mojo Magazine ranked it the best album of all time some years back. Thanks as always for your delightful comments. Did you get anything at the Barnes and Noble sale? I got a few this time, including the Blu-rays of THE RIVER and BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR on Sunday. Have you seen THE RIVER? Essential viewing! Anyway, my next album pick for you is ASTRAL WEEKS by Van Morrison. What shall I listen to?
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  • By TruffautBergman
    November 29, 2016
    12:58 PM

    Hey! My Thanksgiving was pretty chill, thanks for asking; glad yours went well too. Unfortunately, I didn't get anything at the Barnes & Noble sale; I don't really participate in sales... a majority of my DVDs/CDs/books come from Amazon {whenever my mom orders something}, so I guess there really isn't a need for me to. Cool beans!! I'll check it out this week{end}. My pick for you is a bit 'out to lunch', it's "Akuma no Uta" by Boris; it's very inky and almost industrial, like an H. R. Giger design or a panel from "Blame!" {a fantastic manga}. Also, PBS aired this great documentary series called "Soundbreaking", it's about how music is recorded and how the music industry has changed over time, as they talk to various music producers/musicians about it; I thought you'd might find it interesting. By the way, I should've written 'I'm not sure what instrument that was' in the previous post; past tense not present tense, sorry about that.
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  • By TruffautBergman
    December 03, 2016
    08:32 PM

    I'm back and here are my thoughts on "Astral Weeks" by Van Morrison; I thought Van had a slightly hoarse/gritty voice, almost like an old man, that paired well with his poetic lyrics {of longing and nostalgia}. My 'favorite' tracks were, "Cyprus Avenue" {track four; it was kind of cute, I liked how the treading harpsichord and the stumbling bass were adorned by the quiet strings} and "Ballerina" {track seven; a long and passionate song... he must've been really smittened; I loved how the vibraphone seemed to twinkle, it reminded me of a glittery bokeh background}. Overall, it was an interesting album; a bit too folksy for me but tolerable; I thought it was cool how the album tiptoed between genres like folk, blue-eyed soul, and jazz, definitely not like something I've heard before. Also, this album makes me think of autumn leaves {??}; I don't know but all the albums you've recommended to me [so far], have this same rural-brownish-reddish vibe to them {similar to something from "Badlands (1973)"}... it's a little hard for me to describe. I guess I'm just used to timid and cozy acoustic albums like Nick Drake's "Five Leaves Left". My next pick for you is "Felt Mountain" by Goldfrapp; I think you'll like them a lot, they're like a mix between the Cocteau Twins and Portishead, but with this mystical/pagan/fairy tale atmosphere; like watching the first fifteen minutes of "Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)".
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  • By Eric Levy
    December 11, 2016
    05:19 AM

    Hello Nina. So glad you enjoyed ASTRAL WEEKS. One of my all-time favorite albums, and one I need to return to every few months. Exciting to turn someone new onto it. I'm especially glad you enjoyed BALLERINA. When he sings, "Take off your shoes" at the end, it just kills me every time. It makes me happy to hear you describe all of my suggestions as having the same feel or "color." I guess my taste is consistent :-) Listened to the Boris album--loved it!!! The opening instrumental track is definitely my favorite, but I liked the '60s/Hendrix feeling of the vocal songs too. Hollis listened to most of it with me, and she loved it too. Great suggestion! And you do know that the album cover is a nod to Nick Drake, right? I'll listen to the Goldfrapp soon. My next pick for you is an instrumental album called ACQUATICA by a band called Scenic.
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  • By TruffautBergman
    December 11, 2016
    12:39 PM

    Hey! Glad you {and your girlfriend} enjoyed the Boris album; I love that album and I would've never heard about them if it wasn't for Thom Yorke {which led me to 'discover' Nick Drake through them}. Unfortunately, after searching 'high and low' -- I can't find the "Aquatica" album {by Scenic} anywhere, except for Amazon... but I'd have to buy the CD to listen to it; I've heard some {lovely} samples so I might buy it 'blind' and get it later. Is there another album you'd like me to listen to?
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  • By Eric Levy
    December 12, 2016
    04:24 AM

    Gee. Sorry about that. I guess it's an obscure one. Weird story, I don't know much about that band, but the really strange thing is I have no idea how I got that CD! It's like it just appeared in my collection one day. I listened to it and loved it, but I have no idea how I came to own it. Better not to question I suppose. Just listened to the Goldfrapp album--loved that one too! Her voice reminded me of Marianne Faithful a bit, and it occurs to me I've said that about one of your other recommendations. Hmm... Anyway, a lovely and relaxing album. Well, since Scenic didn't work out, I'm going out on a limb and am going to suggest the album POP PA SVENSKA by a great Swedish band called Komeda. The title means "Pop in Swedish," and yes the entire thing is sung in Swedish. I have no idea what they're saying in any of the songs, but it's one of my favorite albums.
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  • By TruffautBergman
    December 17, 2016
    03:33 PM

    I'm back and here are my thoughts on "Pop På Svenska" by Komeda; I thought Lena Karlsson had a soothing voice that was eerily familiar {for some reason}, and hearing her play with her breaths/sighs during "Ad Fontes" {track four} was great. My 'favorite' tracks were "Sen Sommar" {track three; loved the quiet strings and soft snare drums with the charming bits of the vibraphone}, "Feeling Fine" {track seven; a very happy song, the bassline was great and I loved how fierce the strings sounded towards the end of it}, "Stjärna" {track ten; I really liked the simplicity of this song, sometimes lyrics/words can be boring so just hearing 'incoherent' vocals or gibberish is nice, though I don't understand Swedish, I could only imagine what she was saying by the tone of her voice}, "En Promenix" {track twelve; a 'fluffy'/warm song that I wished was longer, I adored the tranquil sugary-sweet atmosphere of the vibraphone paired with the humming keyboard}, and "Mod" {track fourteen; again, the simplicity of her voice adorned by the harp was dreamlike/silky}. Overall, it was a fun and upbeat album with some endearing jazzy bits thrown in there, like a mix between The Cardigans and Stereolab; the tracks had a nice 'flow' to them, nothing seemed out of place so that's always satisfying. Also, it reminded me of a montgomeryite {a faded yellow-y red color}, or like something from Sylvain Chomet [who I adore]; kind of 'worn' but comforting, if that makes any sense. My next pick for you is "Kid A" by Radiohead, it's a splendid album; it's isolated/fragile and the digital effects on Thom Yorke's voice are hauntingly beautiful... like glitching icebergs or wandering polar bears.
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  • By Eric Levy
    December 25, 2016
    05:32 AM

    Good Morning Nina. I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to respond. And I haven't had a chance to listen to the Radiohead album yet either. In some ways I'm busier during break than during the school year. Anyway, I'm delighted you enjoyed the Komeda album. FEELING FINE and STJARNA are two of my favorites too. Can you believe that was their first album? One of the most assured debut albums in pop music history! Anyway, I will listen to KID A soon and report back. In the meantime, hope you have a wonderful Christmas!
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  • By Eric Levy
    January 01, 2017
    06:30 AM

    Hi Nina! Thanks for the New Year's wishes (and the first comment on my list!). Yes, may 2017 be a peaceful one with fewer celebrity deaths! Haven't forgotten about KID A. Sorry it's taking so long. Will listen and report back soon. How do you like the New Year's cartoon this year? If it's true about STALKER, I'll have a heart attack!
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  • By Eric Levy
    February 23, 2017
    08:56 AM

    Hi Nina! My usual apology for being such a poor correspondent. Been incredibly busy, but please know I never forget about you or our deals. Indeed, I finally listened to PINK by Boris this morning. Incredible album. The YouTube version I found was an hour and 15 minutes. Not sure if that was the shorter version you suggested, but it didn't matter because I loved the whole thing! I agree about the Hendrix influence, and what I really loved was how that was incorporated into other genres like punk, and even industrial. He's a real talent. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you. Remind me, have I suggested LOVELESS by My Bloody Valentine for you yet? If not, that's definitely my next pick. Very similar to PINK in some ways, and one of my all-time favorite albums! So, were you excited about the May announcements? I'm pretty thrilled about all of them. I love GHOST WORLD, and OTHELLO was an incredible surprise. Hope all is well Nina. Your faithful, if sporadic, correspondent ;-)
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  • By TruffautBergman
    February 24, 2017
    11:43 AM

    Hello! Long time no see; I hope you're doing fine as well. I'm so glad you enjoyed "Pink", it's my second favorite album from Boris; definitely check out their experimental mini-album/ep "Cosmos" {that was birthed out of a collaborative album called "Split LP"}. Yes, you've suggested "Loveless" to me before but it wasn't for a 'music deal', it was more of a 'one-off' kind of thing. Of course, I was super happy to see the 'upgrades' for "Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)" and "Good Morning (1959)" but nothing beyond those two really 'caught my eye'. Oh well! They all can't be winners. By the way, really excited for the Oscars this Sunday; fingers crossed for "Moonlight (2016)" [and its people], as well as Ruth Negga and Isabelle Huppert {it's about time}!
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  • By Eric Levy
    May 02, 2017
    01:26 PM

    Hey Nina. Looks like OK COMPUTER is getting the deluxe re-release treatment this summer: https://theseconddisc.com/2017/05/fitter-happier-radiohead-revisit-ok-computer/ Thought you'd be interested. Still haven't gotten to EMPIRE OF PASSION, but am hoping to soon.
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