A Song For March: Fire In The Head by The Tea Party

It’s time for another edition of ‘A Song For…’ and as I did last month, I wanted to pick something you may not have heard before. So, this time around, I’m going for a track by teh masters of Moroccan Roll, the Canadian three-piece known as The Tea Party. So, Check out the official video for ‘A Certain Sland Of Light’ below…

The Tea Party blend elements of blues, industrial rock, prog-rock, and Middle Eastern music. They originally formed in 1990, disbanded in 2005, then reformed in 2005. Throughout their career, they have had the same line-up:

  • Jeff Martin (vocals, guitar, sitar, sarod, oud, banjo, mandolin, dumbek, hurdy-gurdy, esraj, percussion, theremin)
  • Stuart Chatwood (bass, guitar, keyboard, harmonium, percussion, mandolin, tambura, cello, lap steel guitar)
  • Jeff Burrows (drums, percussion, djembe, goblet drums, tabla)

Now, the band may be familiar to some gamers. They appeared in both Road Rash 3D and NHL 2002. On top of that, Stuart Chatwood composed the soundtracks for not only the 2003 – 2008 Prince of Persia games, but also both Darkest Dungeon games.

As to this song, it was a single from their 1993 major label debut, Splendor Solis. I picked this because it was the first one I heard by the band. The song itself is about drug addiction, and presents not only lyrically, but throug hthe trippy music and video. As a fun side fact, the title comes from Emily Dickinson’s poem, ‘There’s a certain Slant of light.’

Now, I love this track. Being the first I heard gives it a nsotalgic edge for me, even if the band ahs arguably released better songs and more complex compositions since then. It is exactly waht it needs to be though. It doesn’t try to be more than it needs to be, and gives you good snapshot the band’s sound. Really, what mroe could you want form an introduction?

But what do you think? Did you enjoy this one? Let me know in the comments below!

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