Friday, January 7, 2011

Stick This In Your MP3 Player: "Fire of God's Love" by Sister Irene O'Connor

 I had to repost this remarkable song WFMU dug up early last year. An Australian nun recorded an album of religious songs using a drum machine. The result, released in 1976, is something that would be right at home on left-end-of-the-dial alternative radio.

Sister Irene's voice, combined with the primitive electro-beats, has the same eerie qualities of post-punk and alternative bands that came along more than 10 years later, and IMHO approaches that conceptual border between religious ecstasy and, shall we say, a more secular kind of rapture (not unlike the ideas explored in Black Narcissus).

Even without the subtext, it's a cool track that I would never have imagined coming from a nun in the '70s.


(Courtesy of WFMU's Beware of the Blog).

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