It's time to bring a new POV to the Halloween song genre. Songs that evoke atmosphere, tell an unforgettable story and leave you unsettled...in the dark.
1. Kate Bush - Waking The Witch
If any of you were around in the 80's you might remember waif-like Bush. Her album, Hounds Of Love, is on a level of genius. The song begins with a crescendo of strings and leads you into a girl's state between dreams and waking. A series of voices urge her to waken, but she doesn't, slipping back into a fitful dream where you're plunged, along with her, into something resembling a Satanic ritual? Salem witch trial? Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!
2. Twink - Rosemary's Baby Theme
http://www.twink.net/index.html Twink and his satanic toy pianos and other toy music things bring the creep to that which is already creeptastic. Check out the equally great covers of Metallica's Enter Sandman or the theme from Jeepers Creepers. I'm all twitterpated.
3. Sarah Jarosz - Shankill Butchers
Originally a Decemberists song, Sarah does a great cover on her debut album, Song Up In Her Head. The Shankill Butchers are the new boogeyman.
And everybody knows if you don't
Mind your mother's words
A wicked wind will blow
Your ribbons from your curls
Everybody moan, everybody shake
The Shankill Butchers want to catch you awake
Listen to it on Sarah's site: http://www.sarahjarosz.com/music.html
This song makes me long for younger siblings to torture.
4. Goblin - Suspiria
Any horror film fan is familiar with Dario Argento's masterpiece, Susperia. Goblin changed the soundtracks of the horror genre - aren't we lucky? A dark, disturbing and completely unique piece, all punctuated by eerie suspiria throughout.