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Can't you hear the storm rising? - shadows of echoes of memories of songs
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Can't you hear the storm rising?
Kate Bush, "King of the Mountain"
First played on Radio 2, 21 September 2005, 10:07 a.m.

['listen again' on R2 with RealPlayer | Download mp3]

It's the first time we've heard so much as a high-pitched squeak from Kate Bush in over a decade, and that's got to be a momentous occasion. Ken Bruce tries to announce the song without too much build-up, but even he can't keep the excitement out of his voice. You can feel the tension building as we all wait for something whose shape we don't yet know. It's in the trees! It's coming!

And when it comes... it's pure Kate. With a voice that shines through the rough, tangled texture of the music like sunlight reflected on steel, she slips effortlessly back into the place that's been reserved for her. "King of the Mountain" isn't a big comeback number; it's just as if the intervening 12 years never happened. The sense of yearning and striving that characterised 1992's The Red Shoes is as strong as ever:
Could you climb higher and higher?
Could you climb right over the top?
and the simple lyricism is set like a jewel in a rich mythical landscape, a fairytale land with dark shadows amidst its snows.

It would be extravagant to suggest that the figure of the "King of the Mountain", the slumbering hero waiting to reawaken and redeem the land, is a suitable symbol for Kate's return to recording; but the mood of the song is one of awakening. It's a restless, windswept swell of rising energy that can't help but stir something into life that lay buried there, that lay buried deep.
The wind is whistling
The wind is whistling through the house
It's a perfect song for the turning seasons; an autumnal song, with the cold wind catching at its coat-sleeves, bringing a promise of winter. It's too early to say exactly what that wind will carry on its currents; but we're watching from the windows, and we can hear the storm rising outside.
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miss_newham From: miss_newham Date: September 21st, 2005 01:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cheers for the link! Irritatingly, my bus took just long enough to get me to work late that I could have managed to catch it anyway, but now I shall stop bitching.
juggzy From: juggzy Date: September 21st, 2005 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've tried the link just now and it gives page not found.
j4 From: j4 Date: September 21st, 2005 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Kn*ckers. It worked this morning, I promise!

Anyway, link changed to the official R2 one, so you should now be able to "Listen Again" if you have RealPlayer. I'll see what I can do about sourcing an un-Real version.
j4 From: j4 Date: September 21st, 2005 04:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
mp3 now available too.
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