I actually am left-handed, just like approximately 11% of the world’s population.

However, some people who are not left-handed are I Am Not Lefthanded – a band I am head-over-heels in love with (evidenced by my previous post on them). Well, surely it’s heels-over-head, since head-over-heels is pretty much how all of us humans are built.

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Anyhoo, I digress. IANL have decided to release a completely free EP ahead of their upcoming new album release, and, as ever, have managed to absolutely and utterly and completely and [INSERT SYNONYM HERE] leave me a wreck with yet more heartbreaking, heartrending music…

From the EP, I give you the acoustic version of Lifelines (which also appears on their EP “Time to Leave”). And if ever an EP name was a perfect reflection of a song…

A song about breaking up; about making the decision to leave someone, and the repercussions on both; about regret, about yearning.

Piano; a male and female vocal; guitar; goosebumps.

I know that this might calm down,
And I know I could sink and not drown
But treading all night’s getting old
And sunrise these days leaves me cold
I know, I can’t turn this around

Cause when I cut your lifeline
I started falling – so far
I couldn’t look back

When I cut your lifeline
You were calling – so hard
I couldn’t shout back

So no more of the long walks through town
And no more talks of who let who down
Though now I’ve said all my goodbyes,
My mind is filled with kind replies
I know, I know.

Cause when I cut your lifeline
I started falling – so far
I couldn’t look back

When I cut your lifeline
You were calling – so hard
I couldn’t shout back

Let it all settle down, let it all settle down

And yet I think I’ll miss you if I fall…

Cause when I cut your lifeline
I started falling – so far
I couldn’t look back

When I cut your lifeline
You were calling – so hard
I couldn’t shout back

I Am Not Lefthanded – Lifelines (Acoustic)

www: I am not lefthanded official site, MySpace, Facebook Page and Bandcamp. Go and download the free EP now! And when it comes out, buy the new album. Oh, just go and buy everything they’ve released.

I sat through Virtuosity yesterday. An odd, odd, odd science fiction film, I still don’t know if it was ahead of it’s time, or crap. I’m erring towards crap. A bored Denzel Washington, a young Russell Crowe, and a plot and script that someone seemed to have written on the back of a napkin, but when told the film would be made, used everything on that napkin, and no more.

But as the film ended, and I realised I wasn’t getting that time back, the end credits rolled, and I was amazed to hear a very, very familiar voice…

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As regular readers of this blog will know, (1) I’m shit at updating it, sorry, and (2) I love Peter Gabriel. Proper, all-out, man love, as evidenced here and here. And the song playing was absolutely gorgeous.

It didn’t even vaguely fit with the film, and felt as out-of-place as Russell Crowe in a place where people should be treated nicely.

“Party Man” is in fact by “The World Beaters with Peter Gabriel”, but I couldn’t find ANYTHING on who these World Beaters are, and if, in fact, they are even world beaters, or simply people doing okay.

It’s pretty Peter Gabriel – piano, that voice, infectious drum beats, and overall, a general world music feel.

The lyrics are simple, but nice – the same 10 lines repeated three times, broken up by a slowed-down, yet building, beat…

So then, up upon this high wall
Looking at the street lights
All spread out like a banquet
Why is this room so silent?
Only when I’m moving
No direction chosen
Rolling over emotion
Guess I’m your party man
P p party man, p p partyman
I’m your party man

The song doesn’t appear anywhere else apart from the Virtuosity soundtrack, so maybe it could have been one of those “doing it for the paycheck” type of things.

But knowing PG the way I do (and I do), I doubt it.

Play it loud and let it sweep you away. And try to avoid Virtuosity.

The World Beaters and Peter Gabriel – Party Man

www: With a Peter Gabriel post comes great responsibility. So, here’s everything he is: his Facebook Page, the Womad website, the Real World website, the WITNESS website, the Elders website, and finally, his own website…