Monday, March 19, 2007


The perfect threnody comes in the form of Joy Division's elegantly ominous "Atmosphere", written and recorded just prior to frontman Ian Curtis's suicide. Couched in a simple yet effective arrangement - echoing percussion rumbles, funereal synth chords, subtle bass undertows and Curtis's own mournful vocalising - "Atmosphere" is a commanding modern-day lamentation that easily holds its own against any traditional lamentation. Check out the surreal video by Anton Corbijn here, made eight years after the group's disbandment.


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