name that song
May 27, 2013 8:53 AM   Subscribe

What is this music? It was a piece by a woman composer; I think she had won some sort of important contemporary classical music award or was otherwise highly acclaimed, but the piece had a very postmodern/rockish sensibility. The beginning is a repetitive, kind of Olympo-fascist horn line and I think it resolves into something messier partway through the song. It's very catchy despite being kind of cacophonous. There was a music video for it that somehow involved, I think, horses or pegasi, an MS Paint aesthetic, and things with bright red eyes.

I was reminded of the piece when I heard it used as opening music at a recent Foals show, if that's any help.

Thanks y'all! It's driving me crazy that I have to waste a question on this and haven't been able to google it successfully.
posted by threeants to Media & Arts (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
I got two possibilities, but I doubt they're right:

Joan Tower, "Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman"

Julia Wolfe, "Arsenal of Democracy"

I'm intrigued; I'll keep thinking....
posted by daisystomper at 9:18 AM on May 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Neither, but both very good guesses! Thanks. I forgot to mention, I'm pretty sure this piece is no more than one or two years old.
posted by threeants at 9:21 AM on May 27, 2013


Your description of the music and the musician sounds like Laurie Anderson?
posted by third rail at 9:34 AM on May 27, 2013


Definitely wasn't Laurie Anderson-- thanks! I'm pretty sure the composer was quite young, maybe 30 at most.
posted by threeants at 9:47 AM on May 27, 2013


Your description of the video sounds vaguely like Homestuck, which has a large body of related music.
posted by nicebookrack at 11:29 AM on May 27, 2013


I can't check now for videos, but was it a Caroline Shaw piece?
posted by knile at 11:31 AM on May 27, 2013


Is it Anna Meredith's Nautilus?
posted by jokeefe at 12:28 PM on May 27, 2013 [3 favorites]


Something by The Knife, methinks.
posted by progosk at 1:21 PM on May 27, 2013


Yes! Thank you jokeefe.
posted by threeants at 1:36 PM on May 27, 2013


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