Masterpiece Mixtape - Thrown Away
This article belongs to Masterpiece Mixtape column.
Chances are you've heard the music of Jon Crosby. Chances are you also have no idea who he is.
Even if you can't name a single song by VAST, you've still mostly likely heard one. Touched, one of the singles from the group's debut album Visual Audio Sensory Theatre, became a worldwide hit when it was used in – amongst TV shows and car commercials – Danny Boyle's The Beach. The song has an archaic mystery combined with a feverish power that perfectly encapsulates everything that VAST is about.
Since Touched, however, VAST has languished on the edge of popular success. Their follow-up album, Music for People, failed to garner much attention, even with an expensive music video directed by film clip auteur David Meyer that seemed to anoint them as The Next Big Thing.
Between Music for People and their next album, Jon Crosby became heavily involved in Internet culture, interacting with his fans to a degree that most rock stars never do. This led to VAST having a, well . . . a vast Internet following. Since then,
From this album we take Thrown Away, the Masterpiece Mixtape song of the week. Thrown Away is the second track on the album, and with its unique vocal samples, driving acoustic rhythm and cathartically monstrous electric guitar jams, the song is a highly powerful one. But, as with many VAST songs, it's also a highly vulnerable one, detailing the hurt, heartbreak, confusion and anger at being left by one's lover.
Just as with Touched, it strikes the perfect balance between peace and chaos that makes up the majority of VAST's work. It's a song that gets under your skin and stays there, and it shows that there's more to this band than a song featured in a Leonardo DiCaprio box office flop.
Since Nude, Vast have made a number of online-only releases, including a double record combining Turquoise and Crimson and a live album. All of this appears to be leading up to their fourth studio release, due sometime this year. With luck, this will prove to be the album that allows VAST to break through into mainstream consciousness and receive the acclaim they so richly deserve. If it doesn't, however, that's no great loss. So long as they keep making music for people, I think their fans can count themselves lucky.
more in Entertainment
In case you're dense, THIS STORY ISN'T TRUE. In some bizarro universe, priests convicted of sex offenses are given the ultra-creepy opportunity to teach sex education in high schools. So let's have some fun! (And you might want to hold off on that moral conscience for a few minutes....)
Going to work by car is probably by far one of the most dangerous and unnatural activities you can engage in at this early hour in the morning. One of the reasons for this is that human hormonal behavior seems to be a mess in the morning: everybody is angry, everybody is impatient and almost everybody has a distinct urge to take out any iron, pointy, hard object and slam it in another participants’ car, face or body.
It is believed that Le George W is coming to Australia for an Apec forum meeting. To my American friends I would say this. "Can't you guys keep your rubbish at home? We have enough trouble dealing with our own lunatics".
Candy, twenty plus, was a simple final semester undergraduate staying in a hostel. She hardly made friends with anyone there or, for that matter, in her college class room. Then one day she was bitten by the love bug. The bug was Joe, her own classmate sitting some three rows ahead of her.
A tongue-in-cheek jibe at my friends