ready or not…boadicea.

I like Enya. There I said it. I think it’s mostly one of those childhood things though. You know, the music you hear as a kid having an impact. Her voice still conjures up hazy memories that, for some reason, mostly feature images of Ken Done paintings. Weird.

The past few years the Irish lass has been popping up all over the place for me: a hilarious Peep Show episode, a drunken morning cab ride in Novi Sad when – and I still don’t know why – “Orinoco Flow” coming on the radio induced an uncontrollable laughing fit, and one of the Pulse Radio boat parties where Thomas Bullock of Rub N Tug closed his set with said track to awesome effect.

It’s kind of funny (but also understandable i guess) that back when her music first came out in the late 80s/early 90s, so much of it became the generic ‘world music’ choice for people who just wanted something nice playing in the background to accompany their dinner party. Enya’s songs embody such mood and presence that to simply reduce them to aural wallpaper seems so cheap. The same thing happened to Portishead when Dummy became the soundtrack for every cafe in the world. It can’t be helped I guess – it’s just one of those things that happens to music.

The first time I noticed Enya as more than just some strange chick my Mum listened to was when i saw Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers. Granted it wasn’t a great film (it’s actually OK if you like shit horror movies), but it was the song used as the main theme that really got to me – a dark, Celtic chant that’s hauntingly beautiful.

Enya – Boadicea

Around the same time i saw Sleepwalkers, The Fugees had just released their track “Ready Or Not”, which uses a sample of “Boadicea” as its main loop. Understandably, it became one of my favourite hip-hop tracks.

Fugees – Ready Or Not

Sail away.

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