Song of the day: Penguin Cafe Orchestra – "Perpetuum Mobile"

July 3, 2011

Today we’ll be going on a little detour. But first, a preamble (or, putting it another way: an attempt to justify today’s choice)…

If you’re like me, you like a bit of variety in your music. You don’t want to hear rock, rock, rock all the time. If you’re that kind of person, then there’s a chance you’ll enjoy today’s track. (But if you do like rock all the time, then there’s an extremely hefty chance that you ain’t gonna like this.)

Today’s track is not particularly power-poppy. It’s not especially rocky either. It’s not even Australian. But it’s music I went “Wow” the first time I heard it.

Have you ever experienced a piece of music where, when you first heard it, time pretty much stood still, and whatever you were doing at the time was immediately forgotten, and you were rooted to the spotted, transfixed, hypnotised, as if under a spell, until the music finished and the spell was broken, leaving you wondering what happened?

All of that occurred when I heard this:

Penguin Cafe Orchestra – “Perpetuum Mobile (1987)


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