Song of the Month: Metric, The Governess

Yes, it’s another Metric song already. Hey, they are my favourite band.

The Governess is my favourite song from Metric’s most recent album (Pagans in Vegas), and one of my all-time favourite Metric songs period. It’s a total throwback to their gloriously weird and spectacularly bleak early years, which was my favourite incarnation of Metric.

But that’s not why I’m sharing it now. I’m finally getting close to the end of writing the third book of Soulcleaver, and The Governess is my theme song for the character at the heart of this book. It fits him to a T.

When there was a wilderness,

I wandered wild and free.

Guilt, she is the governess

That guides me back to grieve.


Song of the Month: Aurora, Warrior

Time for the second installment of my monthly “post a song I like because I’m lazy” series.

This month being (probably) the twentieth anniversary of the Soulcleaver universe, I decided to post a song that I associate with that setting. Like a lot of authors, I like finding “theme songs” that capture the feel of particular characters or stories.

I have a lot of songs that make me think of various aspects of Soulcleaver, but I’ve settled on Warrior by Norwegian folk-pop singer Aurora Aksnes (or just Aurora, as she prefers to be known). It’s my “theme song” for Seesha Avallen, one of the main heroes of the story. You’ve probably heard me mention her before.

It’s actually kind of eerie how perfectly this song captures Seesha’s story. Adding to the oddness is the fact that Aurora herself actually kind of looks like Seesha. And I came up with Seesha’s look long before I discovered Aurora, so it’s not like she could have subconsciously influenced me or anything.

If you like this, I definitely recommend checking out more of Aurora’s stuff. She has a lot of amazing songs.