Tuesday, August 02, 2005

guru mother

Kirsty Hawkshaw was more than an ethereal beauty behind the pop house outfit Opus III. She may have claimed to be from another galaxy, but that quirkiness benefited the sonic grooves composed by the U.K. four-piece. Their 1992 debut, Mind Fruit, was more than just another techno record in the face of the genre's underground taking shape during the early '90s. Hawkshaw's dove-like vocals transcended into freewheeling soundscapes; the remake of Barton & Jane's "It's a Fine Day" is melodically enchanting with loopy trance vibes and textured synth waves, but the crafty version of King Crimson's "I Talk to the Wind" composes a dreamy synthetic wave. Opus III was barely a step ahead of electronica's late '90s surge, yet it was just strong enough to join the ranks or move beyond the scene. Hawkshaw would later contribute vocals on cuts for BT, Deep Dish, and Orbital. (Halcyon & Lush) - AMG

Watch the classic video for Fine Day here. The sound quality is low but the beautiful shaved head of Kirsty is quite prominent! Check out her website for info about the re-release of her mid-90s solo album.

Sorry for the lacklusterness lately, I have moved residence and things are hectic to say the least.

Opus III - Its a Fine Day
Opus III - I Talk to the Wind


At 1:23 PM, Blogger placidian said...

That is a gorgeous version of the King Crimson song. Thank You!

At 2:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This has to be one of my favourite songs of all time. Especially this version, though the acapella is superb. Please do not ever lose this on your site I have been ploughing for hours 'til I found this. Cheers!

At 2:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last comment was concerning "It's a fine day"!


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