So I was planning to get adventurous and cover Algeria today, but given their goalie's abject display to lose the points (ha, what kind of second rate national team has that problem.....oh) and the infuriatingly ongoing might of the German footy machine, I plumped for the less challenging but equally satisfying musical output of Deutschland.
And so to the music of Radiant Dragon, self-produced, atmospheric electronica originating from Frankfurt. To satisfy my Anglo-Saxon jealousy, Ming Long, the gent behind these ambient slices of serenity, now calls London home and it is from here that his soundscapes reach us.
MP3: Radiant Dragon - In The Dawn
Everything about Radiant Dragon, from the aforementioned heavenly electro-tones to the enigmatic photographs adorning the various sites, exudes a certain heavenly, mystical atmosphere. Replete with floating, other-worldy vocals and densely layered, swirling effects, this is music for the wee hours spent contemplating how little the factors that stress our daily lives actually have a right to do so. It's fly away escape music of the highest order. Spiritual without the cloying response that description may often evoke.
That said, the efforts of 22 blokes kicking a pigs bladder around a field are entirely removed from the efforts of a skilled manipulator of sound seeking our transcendence through his creations. Should some of the world beating success of his birth nation rub off on the spread of Radiant Dragon's music, however, I'm sure the two would align with little complaint. Here's hoping.