Since I've never been to France, I'm going there for today's Song of the Day feature. Yesterday was the excellent track from the French band Mannequins, today I'm visiting with Her Magic Wand. Her Magic Wand is the recording moniker of French indie rock artist Charles Braud, and 'Everything At Once' is the first single of his forthcoming debut album due in 2015.
At the core of 'Everything At Once' is a weighty topic, synesthesia, but Charles wraps it in an infectious synthy guitar driven track for all those just wanting a bit of fun in their music. I love stories about the creative process, and was happy to see one with Charles' submission. Here's how Charles described the song:
The theme of the song is synesthesia, a neurological phenomenon in which letters or music are perceived as inherently colored. There has been a lot of art dealing with this phenomenon, and the song mentions 3 references to actual works: the poem "Vowels" by Arthur Rimbaud, the experimental theater piece "Yellow Sound" by Wassily Kandinsky and the series of paintings called "Music - Pink and Blue" by Georgia O'Keeffe.
Some studies tend to show that most newborns experience the phenomenon in the first instant of their lives. Senses and perceptions are saturated by the outside world, "perfumes, colors, tones answer each other" as Charles Baudelaire wrote in the poem "Correspondences". It's violent, blinding, loud, but at the same time soft and beautiful... Everything at once.
I like it and want to share it with you, stream 'Everything At Once' below, it's the Song of the Day.