It's no secret how much I love the Norwegian electronica duo Royksopp. Their music is inspirational. It's novel, and it's warm. Sometimes it makes you want to get up and dance all around the room like a crazy person. Sometimes you want to cuddle up with a blanked and a book and soak the music in like a wood fire.
There was a time during my childhood when my family was under a lot of stress. My brother was at the time, euphemistically, "acting out" and it had us all on edge and at the end of our ropes. One of my mom's coping strategies at the time was to buy cassette tapes of ocean and nature sounds with classical music played on top.
Some of these tapes turns out to be total crap. The ocean tapes seemed to be the biggest hit or misses, from what I can remember. I remember once, we all piled into the minivan and Mom insisted (despite our protestations) on trying out her new ocean sounds tape. We spend about 4 or 5 minutes listening to it before we all spontaneously erupted in raucous, uncontrollable laughter. "It sounds like a toilet flushing," my mom declared, silencing the cacophony.
I was still too young to fully understand the dynamics that led to our family stress at that time, but the memories I have of that time are filtered through the lens of a happy boy who was loved and cared for, but knows his loved ones are going through a lot of stress. This latest track by Royksopp somehow managed to bring me back to that time.
'Bittersweet' seems too stale a term to describe this feeling. As does 'nostalgia'. I wish I could find the word...