Tonight I´m gonna Netflix like it´s 1899

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Well, I don´t have to tell y´all how much I like a great cover. And this one slapped me in the face right away.
There is just a little problem, the song has not been released and therefore it´s only available as the leader of a great series, but more about that in a moment.

The Cover is done by Eliot Sumner, taking the original Jefferson Airplane song to a whole other level. Of course, was the classic magic mushroom song from the seventies...and if you don´t know why Go Ask Alice!

The song has been used and abused many times by many directors to create a sense of unrealistic lucidity and it does that very well.


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Eliot Sumner's haunting voice and creepy electronic arrangement do a double whammy on that unheimlich feeling the song already contains.

And I went, Freckle I know that voice.... and if I don´t, why do I not know that voice.
But when I went looking for it, it seemed that I was dealing with an unreleased song. That makes it hard to get the details.
It took some digging to even find out who sang the song.

Once I knew that things got easier. Thank the G man there is wiki, because wiki brought back memories I did not even know I had.

A couple of years ago my phone got taken from me, a phone containing 64GB of great music. I will never forget some of those artists, but some I just discovered and now might be forever lost.

One of those Gems just dropped into my lap(top) thanks to 1899!

I Blame Coco - Selfmachine

How could I forget about you Coco?
I know how, and who I can Blame and it´s not you Coco.

She was only seventeen when this album was released. Just listening to The Constant brought back many morning walks to the office during a dark period in my life.

So just a little more Coco before I continue.

l BIame Coco - Summer Rain

Eliot Sumner still has that voice, but definitely grew even more as an artist. Something about here makes me think of a modern-time Sting.... take this one and tell me I am wrong.

Yes, I admit, I knew.

I knew that they was the Daughter of that Alien in New York back from when I first met Eliot. But I did not hear it as much in I Blame Coco as I do in the song I just shared.

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Okay, enough about this wunderkind and let´s move on to 1899.

So it had me with that intro, and just today it seems the full single became available....very smart marketing Netflix & Eliot.

Create Demand, feed demand!

Not sure if that is the video that should accompany the song, but it does give a great impression of what the series feels like without any real spoilers.

What is 1899?

It´s the follow-up of the beautiful German Netflix gem DARK. Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar, are now back with another mystery. The story set on a migrant steamer at the turn of 19th century.

And what Netflix or the writers have done so very well, by using that setting they created a true international series. There are characters from all over Europe and beyond, and for once they do not speak American. They speak their own language, meaning you will hear Spanish, French, German, Polish, and Japanese.
Oh yes almost forgot, then there is of course some English.

Multi-Lingual Spectacle

For me, that is just such a breath of fresh air, I would watch the series just because of that.

Now, if you do not have the time just put it on your watchlist because once you start this one, they keep you hungry for more.

The series definitely has the "Dark" characteristics of building up tension similar to its predecessor. But the fact they are on a boat, a confined space in the middle of an ocean, creates such a different atmosphere, especially when you flashback in characters from very different backgrounds.

Wake up

But if I wanted to be talking about the cinematography I am posting in the wrong community.

Keeping in mind that I am only at Episode 4 I feel like they are using musical hints, while staying true to their "White rabbit" roots of the seventies.

Why do I think they throw in hints, well maybe it´s because I love doing that in some of my stories with a soundtrack. My being biased makes me think these guys might be doing the same.

They use "Child in time" at a point in time just before the child gets well let´s say an interesting artifact.

And not much later they end the episode with Don´t Fear the Reaper when it seems you maybe should fear him.

Now I am not going to do it...
I am gonna hold myself in.....
I am....
Oops, I just did it.
Episode 5 ends with "The Wizard".

Well, that is just how I would use music....dropping these little hints at the end of each episode. I can only say "Well Played!"



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Great write up, I need to check out this series!

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Definitely, I do not often Binge, but this one will be gone quicker than a warm Germknodel (or how ever you write that wobbly tasty treasure) !CTP

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I'm just skimming through this post. I plan on adding 1899 to my list and I don't want any spoilers!

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I tried to avoid any spoilers and just do it for the hints in the end tunes...you love it

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Thanks, I am definitely going to check it out. The music for Dark was awesome, so I expect no less from this. I've been really impressed lately with the soundtracks to many of the Netflix originals. It is almost like they are making a concerted effort to deliver shows that aren't just good, but audibly masterful too.

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Thanks for the tracks. I hadn't heard White Rabbit in many, many years. I forgot how much I liked it.

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