This is off Enya’s Water­mark al­bum, which sold a zil­lion copies and put Orinoco Flow on a few people’s can-never-hear again list be­cause ev­ery ra­dio in the freak­ing world played it all the time in 1988-89. Even if you’re one of those, there are lots of oth­er things on this record to like, and this one I like es­pe­cial­ly.

Watermark by Enya

Now, Enya would nev­er ev­er let a rough edge or a raw tone creep in­to her cre­ation­s, and the ar­ti­facts on her record­ings could nev­er ev­er be per­formed live be­cause they are the re­sult of prodi­gious over-tracking and oth­er stu­dio wiz­ardry; al­though per­haps one should say witch­ery?

You may like this record but un­less you’re an au­dio­phile with speak­ers that can get down be­low 30Hz, you’ve nev­er ac­tu­al­ly heard it prop­er­ly. You’ll no­tice a big bass-drum that punc­tu­ates the song, and it is su­perbly record­ed. There are rel­a­tive­ly few speak­ers in the world that can re­al­ly come close to that drum, and you know, it’s a per­fect­ly fine song even on or­di­nary songs. But if you ev­er hap­pen to be in the com­pa­ny of speak­ers that can do the trick, see if you can cue up The Long­ships; the huge soft thun­der of the drum­beats com­plete the song in a way I lack words to de­scribe.

This is part of the Song of the Day se­ries (back­ground).

Links · Spo­ti­fy playlist. This tune on Spo­ti­fy, iTunes, Ama­zon. There’s no live video; no great loss for rea­sons cov­ered above.

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