Denise Burt

Graphic arts and design for music

CD: David Lang – love fail

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Released on Cantaloupe Music, 2014

 

love fail explores the almost 1000-year-old story of the lovers Tristan and Isolde. In his liner notes, David Lang writes: ‘the love of Tristan and Isolde begins by accident—they drink a love potion. They didn’t mean to drink it, and they didn’t mean to fall in love. They drink and—BAM!—it starts. It is almost a laboratory experiment into what love might be like without any of the complications of how real love begins or works…’
For the songs, he combines historical texts about love, borrowed from many sources, alongside contemporary texts by Lydia Davies that describe the impossibility of relationships: ‘She knows she is right, but to say she is right is wrong, in this case. To be correct and say so is wrong, in certain cases.’

 

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Cover image: Courtesy of the Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-59208