Brian Current: Airline Icarus


Aeroplanes are a thing in culture. This reviewer wrote some lyrics for a song about a plane crashing, about that side of flying in which people don’t really like to talk to their neighbours or interact in any way, particularly on long haul (the last five minutes excepted, when you’re about to land and you don’t care if you’re sat next to a weird dullard). You keep yourself to yourself, but then, when the plane crashes, despite your efforts to remain aloof from the smelly person in aisle 23, you and your fellow passengers are presented in the media as one community. All your pictures are in the paper together because of your common bond.
That was a punk tune; this more highbrow piece of music combines the uncertainty of flight with hubris and the myth of Icarus, who of course flew too close to the sun, with results that the Greek air crash investigation people would have looked into had they existed in pre-history.
Airline Icarus (which won the Italian Premio Fedora Award in 2011) is an opera, so probably one for opera fans only but it’s an atmospheric listen. It’s sung in English so the story is easy to follow and the characters don’t include doomed princesses or men in helmets but baggage handlers and aircraft crew. It’s both playful and foreboding, if not a little quirky (like nearly all the CDs we’ve had this week).
Out now on Naxos and well worth consideration. And if Brian fancies a little punk, he can have our song and do a joint cover with Australian punks The Eddy Current Suppression Ring.

About jerobear

Weekly newspaper editor in Cheshire, England. I blog my editorials and the CDs I write about. I play drums, drink coffee, play music, meditate. I hate filling in forms.

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