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好久沒有再度進行這個專欄了,這次重操舊業,要介紹的是小農夫前幾個月新公布歌曲,The Sea Is A Good Place To Think Of The Future,也是為明年新專輯Romance Is Boring打宣傳的新歌。是的,這篇文章除了要介紹這首好歌以外,另外就是要跟大家提醒宣布一下,他們明年要出新專輯啦!這張名叫Romance Is Boring的第三張專輯,原本被預期是取名為「There Are Listed Buildings」,也是另一首九月推出的新單曲,將會在十月的英國巡迴中發售,但是最後小農夫們還是給了大家一個驚喜!

當然這次還是要講回主題,依舊下面是我們騙字數專用的Los Campesinos!基本介紹(噹噹噹噹~)。
Los Campesinos!是個來自於Cardiff大學的七人編制獨立樂團,這個愉快又有點神經質唱腔的indie punk band最大的特色就是保有著龐客樂團給人的精力充沛感,又帶有一種花草系列的可愛感,加上受到80年代紅極一時的Tweepop曲風的雙主唱編制,又融入小提琴與鐵琴的樂器組合,是個非常有趣的樂團。

最近Los Campesinos!除了宣布新專輯之外的另一件大事,就是原本的女主唱Aleks,決定在2009年的美國巡迴後,離開Los Campesinos!回到學校,把學業給完成,至於接下女主唱職位的人選,則由Kim Campesinos!給承接,後來就被人爆料說,Kim Campesinos!其實就是男主唱Gareth的妹妹,被譏笑說這個樂團越來越有家族事業的感覺了,不過樂團的重心靈魂人物很明顯的還是Gareth擔當,換了一女主唱應該是不會差很多才對!




這首歌從一開始的吉他前奏,就宣告著整首歌的低迷情緒,雖然節奏並不緩慢延遲,但是明顯的感受到即將醞釀的陰鬱感。這次主要的重點,是要介紹這首新推出的單曲「The Sea Is A Good Place To Think Of The Future」,這首歌的靈感來源是來自於六零年代,強烈具有實驗性風格的英國作家Ann Quin。她在1964年出版了第一本著作Berg後,接連出了三本著作,但是接續的三本著作獲得的評論,都說她沒辦法再度超越首作所帶來的批判性,最後在1973年時,同樣是後現代實驗性作家BS Johnson自殺幾週後,Ann Quin在海邊用溺斃的方式,結束了自己的生命。

我個人很喜歡歌詞寫的第一段的故事,很有一種悲愴的滄桑感,用美麗包覆著堅強與執著,最後卻敵不過心理的惡魔,寧願放棄一切換來解脫的方式,很悲觀主義的主題卻正應對著Ann Quin的成名後的結果。這首歌的MV是由樂團裡面長得最像大姐頭的Ellen執導,在樂團的Vimeo帳號上,她也有上傳了自己剪輯的美國巡迴紀錄片,如果有空的人可以看過一次,裡面看完覺得這個樂團真的很歡樂...。


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以下是可能有嚴重錯誤,非常直譯的歌詞翻譯,歡迎大家一起來討論。

I grabbed hold of her wrist and my hand closed from tip to tip
I said “you’ve taken the diet too far, you have got to let it slip”
But she’s not eating again, she’s not eating again,
she’s not eating again, she’s not eating again.
我抓住她的手腕並十指交握著
我說,你已經減重太超過了,你該對自己好一點
但她又不再吃東西了,又不再,又不再,又不再吃東西了

I ask her to speak French and then I need her to translate,
I get the feeling she makes the meaning more significant.
She was always far too pretty for me to believe in a single word she said, believe a word she said.

我要求他講法文卻又需要她翻譯,有種感覺她能讓一切的意義更加明顯。
對我來說,她總是那麼美,
讓我相信她說的任何一句話,相信任何他說的話。


At fourteen her mother died in a routine operation, from allergic reaction to a general anesthetic.
She spent the rest of her teens experimenting with prescriptions,
in a futile attempt to know more than the doctors.
十四歲時她媽媽死於一場例行的手術中,
麻醉過程中的過敏反應。
她將剩餘的青少年時光都花在實驗處方藥劑中,
只為了無意義的想要比醫生還要懂。

She said one day to leave her, sand up to her shoulders waiting for the tide
to drag her to the ocean, to another sea’s shore.
This thing hurts like hell,
but what did you expect?

她說,有天要將她留在那,將沙子灑蓋住她的肩膀,接著等著潮汐的到來
把她拉向海洋,前往另一個海岸。
這將痛不如死
但你又期待什麼?


And all you can hear is the sound of your own heart
And all you can feel is your lungs flood and the blood course
But oh I can see five hundred years dead set ahead of me
Five hundred behind,
A thousand years in perfect symmetry
你能聽見的就只有自己的心跳聲
能感覺到的只剩淹滿的肺和血管
但眼前我能看見五百年間所有的死者
在五百年後
成了一千年這完美的對稱

Best known left wrist right finger, through all the Southern States,
on every video games machine they call her triple A.
There were racists on the radio trying to give up smoking,
the chat show host, he joked “you have to wait for the government program”.


最有名的左腕右指,在所有南方的州省間,
在每個電動遊戲機中,他們都稱呼她是最棒的。
在廣播中的種族歧視者試圖想戒煙,
那談話節目的主人開玩笑的說,你得等著國家的計畫吧

You talk about your politics, and I wonder if you could be one of them,
but you could never kiss a Tory boy without wanting to cut off your tongue again.
你談論著政治,我懷疑你是否也是其中之一個種族歧視者,
但卻不可能親吻一個右翼青年份子卻不將自己的舌頭給割下。

A good place to look to the future is when you are sat at the sea,
with the salt up to your ankles and a view of the end of the pier,
you may look down at your model’s feet and wish that you’d just float away,
一個思考未來的好一方,是當你坐著面向海時,
海水淹上你的腳踝,碼頭邊緣的景色
你或許往下望向你的腳,期待自己就這樣被沖走

and the weather here is overcast and the sea is the same shade of grey,
so the landscape before you looks just like the edge of the world,
but to the left side and the right side, either way is a crazy golf course.
The sea is a good place to think of the future.
天氣陰鬱,海也同樣的灰暗
眼前的景色就像世界的邊際
但左右邊都像個瘋狂的高爾夫球場,
海是個思考未來的好地方


And all you can hear is the sound of your own heart
And all you can feel is your lungs flood and the blood course
But oh I can see five hundred years dead set ahead of me
Five hundred behind,
A thousand years in perfect symmetry
A thousand years no getting rid of me
A thousand years in perfect symmetry.
你能聽見的就只有自己的心跳聲
能感覺到的只剩淹滿的肺和血管
但眼前我能看見五百年間所有的死者
成了一千年這完美的對稱
它擺脫掉不了我
成了一千年這完美的對稱


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1 Comment to “Los Campesinos! – The Sea Is A Good Place To Think Of The Future”

  1. 電光遠眺 says:

    怎麼這一系列不更新了? 當年因為你的關係,我也愛上了他們,下個月會特地去看他們的現場.... 所以,專業文再來幾發吧! 至少新專輯要寫呀!