Three for Free – Random Edition

By Garrett D.

Randomness doesn’t get a fair shake, in my humble opinion. People cherish order and the illusion of control. Anyone who has heard a playlist I’ve made has been exposed to my embrace of the random – at least in the musical sense. It’s not uncommon for tracks to skip from experimental rock to impressionist classical. The stark contrast can be jarring for some, but I embrace and enjoy the chaos, and encourage you to do the same.

Album cover for Marcos Valle - EstrelarFirst up in the tour of random Freegal favorites is Marcos Valle – Estrelar. A Brazilian boogie dance track released in 1982, this song makes it into the Random Edition by virtue of being drilled into my head by a repetitively played commercial for a liqueur that could antonymously be called Northern Discomfort. Perhaps a sign of the most dangerous advertisements are the ones that make you curious, “What is this song? I wonder if I could dance in such a relaxed fashion if I tried Northern Discomfort?”

Second in the tour of random is the fortuitous result of inteAlbum cover for Clairy Browne & The Bangin' Rackettes - Love Letterraction between library staff and patron. Showing that recommendations are a two-way street is Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes – Love Letter or ‘Baby Caught the Bus’ by the same. Melbourne-based Clairy Brown and the Bangin’ Rackettes, in addition to having an awesome name, have a nearly impossible to describe sound. They have a bluesy, jazzy, soul, Motown feel (supplemented by the full horn section and backup singers). Sounding simultaneously old-fashioned and modern you can quickly find your foot tapping in time to the tune.

Album cover for Modest Mouse - Float OnFor the final entry in the random edition we will stop off for some “Good News for People Who Love Bad News” with Modest Mouse – Float On. In contrast to the other entries on the list, if you haven’t heard this song I’d suspect some time spent as a castaway on an uncharted desert isle (without a coconut radio). The indie hit is the perfect relaxation song and the best way to end the random tour.

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