Remember the movie, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” the 1971 version with Gene Wilder? In my favorite scene, children frolic in the “Chocolate Room,” eating candy flowers and drinking out of a chocolate creek. The song, “Swing,” on the new Zero 7 album, “Yeah Ghost,” would make a nice alternative soundtrack for this classic movie moment.
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Sweets and chocolate displays at the after-party following the UK Premiere of ‘Charlie And The Chocolate Factory,’ in 2005.
“Swing” is light and fun in a good way – not pop music piffle. The song starts with a lilting electric piano/organ, accented by bells and the rest of the hand-clapping rhythm section. Singer Martha Tilston brings what sounds to me like a pouty lower lip to the party – which actually works well.
With all that going for it, the real magic of this song comes from the background vocals. Their effect is hard to describe, but to me, they’re like the soothing fall breezes we’re experiencing in Texas right now – they make me feel good.
As playful steel drums usher the song to its ending, I feel revived, relaxed and I tell myself it’s probably time to watch “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” again.
So take a listen to the song, “Swing,” by Zero 7 on the new album, “Yeah Ghost,” released Sept. 7, 2009, Warner Music UK Limited. The group’s Web sites include www.zero7.co.uk and www.myspace.com/zero7official. Zero 7 has a fan site on Facebook.
(By the way, for a twisted update on the Willy Wonka Chocolate Room scene, see the animated “Family Guy” version, “Pure Inebriation,” about a beer drinker’s fantasyland.)
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