I Love That Song! by Mike Ibarra

I Love That Song -- Scary Songs always have the best advice!

I Love That Song -- Scary Songs always have the best advice!

“Don't go by the River” by Voltaire



Listening to this song will save your life and also have you dancing for some strange reason. ...Maybe it is voodoo, dunno.

 

In the spirit of Halloween, I decided to make an ILTS article related to this scary holiday. And what better way to do it with a really good scary song from a quite peculiar fellow named Voltaire.

Expert in visual arts by day, musician by night, Voltaire has a really peculiar style of music. It can be upbeat and have quite a really catchy tune to most of his songs; he adds a quite dark and creepy vibe to each one.

His band plays a wide variety of music, mostly focusing on genres like rock, country or folk music. And while the songs may have a normal tune and rhythm that can deceive anyone, the lyrics to most, if not all of the songs they play are quite eerie. I spent some time listening to some of the songs of the songs in his YouTube channel and reading his bio on Wikipedia and I really could gather that Voltaire is really ingenious.

The songs Voltaire play are not truly meant to give a scare though; they are actually really quite fun and entertaining to listen to. Like I said, most of them can be quite upbeat, maybe to the point to start moving to the rhythm of the song, but the lyrics can be stories of horror and despair.

One song I truly like of his is “Don’t Go by the River” from the album “Riding a Black Unicorn”, which pretty much exemplifies what I am trying to say here. The song is listed as “Swamp Cabaret” (whatever that can mean…), inspired by Cajun music; which could be compared to Jazz but in a more folk-ish way. The song has this really catchy tune you will have stuck in your head for the next few days or so, but the lyrics are about being careful and not wandering into the river side at night, where you can find some really creepy creatures and things that could end your life.

I really cannot say that much about Voltaire’s music that it doesn’t do already, but like I said this guy is quite ingenious. He can turn really simple tunes and give them a new interesting twist to them. It is not something new of course, you might probably have heard similar stuff in other media, like movies or cartoons maybe, but he took that and made it enjoyable. I have heard he is quite popular in cons, like Dragon*Con, and he can put quite the show. So give Voltaire a listen; that is something you will not regret!

If you want a song featured in a future ILTS article, be sure to check and post in the Requests Thread in the VOG Forums. Also be sure to leave a comment, those are good too!

Until next time, keep on scarin’!

Mike “deft” Ibarra is a staff writer for the VOG Network. You can follow him over at Twitter at @act_deft

I Love That Song! by - 10/31/2012 6:37 PM930 views

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Flaco_Jones
Flaco_Jones
12/11/2012 8:52 AM

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Love these articles but I'm not sure what to add to the request thread because I'm not sure what you've covered in the past. Is there an archive of all your past selections?
act_deft
act_deft
12/27/2012 3:27 PM

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Well, most of the old articles for ILTS are on OLR's website, but it's mostly VGM, aside from a few exceptions.

Now that ILTS is on VOG, it is open to way more variety, so it's kinda "Everything goes".
Flaco_Jones
Flaco_Jones
12/27/2012 6:13 PM

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Awesome, thanks for letting me know. I'll be sure to raid the OLR articles to see if any of my suggestions have already been covered there.
By the way, what are your thoughts on the Journey soundtrack getting so much recognition? Do you think it will remain an all-time classic video game soundtrack years later or is it just getting the right buzz at the right time?
act_deft
act_deft
12/28/2012 12:07 AM

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Glad to help =)

You know, I haven't heard it yet, so I don't want say anything until I either listen to the music or play the game. (I actually want to make a review of the OST in the near future if possible)

But if it's being nominated to the Grammy's, then it must be worth something.
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