Thursday, October 14, 2010
The Cinematic Orchestra - "Lilac Wine" (2010)
Performed by The Cinematic Orchestra
Directed by Blind
Written by James Shelton (in 1950)
About The Track
'Lilac Wine' was written in 1950 by the prolific James Shelton and, largely due to its ultra melancholic tones, the song was adopted by a succession of female artists. The very first being Eartha Kitt and then the great Nina Simone, whose haunting vocal rendition was cited by Jeff Buckley as reference to his cover. In the 1970s, 'Lilac Wine' came into the possession of more mainstream vocalists like Elkie Brooks.
In 1994, Buckley catapulted 'Lilac Wine' into the alternative psyche of the modern era. Featuring on his first and only studio album, the flawed masterpiece Grace, 'Lilac Wine' experienced resurgence and even went on to influence some of today’s music. Radiohead’s 'Fake Plastic Trees' was one such song and the band’s frontman Thom Yorke, famously delivered the vocal take for the track after returning home from a Jeff Buckley concert.