11.27.2015 — “It Happened” by Voices From Deep Below

Voices From Deep Below–Eunoia

If you only listen to one song today, make it “It Happened” by Voices From Deep Below (2015, from the album Eunoia).

Voices From Deep Below is an ambient shoegaze/dream pop recording project. I don’t know who’s in the band, but I know that this is the project of Dale Humphries, who recently moved from London to New York. He released an album called Mountain in 2012, and two albums this year. First, there was Dissolver back in March. Then in October, he released the project’s third album Eunoia.

It’s my understanding that the band’s unusual name is derived from the original working title of an anime film from 2011. The original title was Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below, and it was ultimately titled Children Who Chase Lost Voices. I don’t know anything about anime, I’ve never seen the film, and I never will.

Eunoia is a cool word because it uses all the vowels exactly once and only one consonant. I had never heard of this word, so I had to look it up. According to the wikipedia page, it refers to “the goodwill that a public speaker cultivates between himself and his audience”. The term shows up a lot in the writings of Aristotle and is derived from a Greek word meaning “beautiful thinking”. For the record, this word is not an acceptable play in Scrabble, as it is not in the main word sources used to compile the Official Tournament and Club Word List. It’s a sexy vowel dump, but even if it was acceptable, it would be questionable strategy. Even in this hypothetical where I don’t know what the seventh tile on that rack is, I’d get rid of the u and the o and hope to draw to a bingo. Enough about that.

I don’t know anything else about this band. Nothing. I don’t even remember how I came across the album. It sure is good, though.

“It Happened” by Voices From Deep Below

I love the calm, atmospheric, but slightly fuzzy aspect of it. In that way, I’m reminded of Astrobrite, or even the brilliant lovesliescrushing, from which Astrobrite was born.

You can get Eunoia as a free download via Bandcamp here.

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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