Much as I like to compile mixtapes for workouts or road trips or for giving friends a taste of what I have been listening to, I firmly believe that albums should be listened to in their entirety. Judging from the amount of thought that I put into getting the tracking of a simple mixtape just right, I can only imagine the sweat and anguish that goes into ensuring that a musician's album is perfectly mixed. The least I can do is listen, to the whole thing, and in the order in which it was meant to be played.
But every now and then, when I have my music on random, I will be stopped dead in my tracks by a song. Inevitably it is one that is buried deep in an album, so that my previous listens have been rather cursory. Sometimes being surrounded by too much sameness can diminish the impact of a particular track. Sometimes it needs to be lifted out of its comfort zone, surrounded by aliens, for it to really shine.
That's how I came to (re)discover this Rae Spoon song today. Tucked in between Brian Borcherdt and Pixies, it was. Definitely misfiled, but not really, if you know what I mean.
What was the last song to surprise you?