Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Mercy Street

One of Peter Gabriel's lesser known singles is the subtle, vaguely unsettling "Mercy Street", a carefully sketched account of the troubled life of semi-obscure poet Anne Sexton. Anchored by an undertow of almost ambient-sounding electronics, and underscored by some insectoid percussion and an achingly beautiful CMI pan-pipe sample, "Mercy Street" remains one of the indisputable highlights from the veteran art-rocker's 1986 hit record "So". Check out the moody, atmospheric black-and-white video clip, which brilliantly displays the darker side of the surrealist movement.


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