This is fast becoming my album of the year.
And yes, I'm well aware that it was released last bloody year. But I only got hold of it this year.
Aerial is different from normal Kate Bush, because it's not the ever so nutty, wild ideas Kate. This is Kate the contented Mom, staying home and doing the washing.
But the beauty she sees in the everyday is no less beautiful for being commonplace.
Aerial is split over two cds: A Sea of Honey & A Sky of Honey
A Sea Of Honey is the more song driven, personal side. Starting with the Kate Bush does Kate Bush single King of the Mountain it quickly sweeps into stranger territory with the bizarre Pi, which really is about the mathematical expression, taking Pi to 116 places in the course of the song. Bertie is a saccharine sweet song to her son, but it does manage to express what children mean to their parents in a simple yet magical couple of lines:
You bring me so much joy
And then you bring me
Mrs Bartolozzi has the fantastic vision of a woman doing her washing complete with the chorus:
Slooshy sloshy slooshy sloshy
Get that dirty shirty clean
Of course Kate even manages to inject something extra into this tranquil scene of domesticity:
I watched them going round and round
My blouse wrapping itself around your trousers
Oh the waves are going out
My skirt floating up around my waist
As I wade out into the surf
Oh and the waves are coming in
Oh and the waves are going out
The second cd, A Sky of Honey is really a 9 piece suite of music, dealing with the passing of one day from one dawn to another. It's a day where nothing in particular happens, but it does so incredibly beautifully. Starting with a simple child's voice:
The day is full of birds
Sounds like they're saying words
and moving to encompass birdsong, a pavement painter, a perfectly sketched out sunset and nightfall, a moonlit swim and finally a joyous welcome to a new dawn.
Sky of Honey is a stunning piece of music.
My favourite bits? Too many to mention them all, but on the title track there's a moment where Kate weaves her voice, a blackbird's song and then her infectious laughter together to welcome the dawn and it is so full of happiness and freedom that it can make me happy whenever I hear it.
Official site here, Wiki entry here