But there's always something new coming along, and despite all odds, history is still spitting out diamonds. Just a few minutes ago I was listening to chezghost's last.fm radio and heard "Louise," an old Human League track. An electro version of that moment when Neil Young sends Crazy Horse off the stage and plays "The Needle and the Damage Done" on solo acoustic, it's just a relatively simple synth line and Phil's vocal, another little story that somehow builds up a head of emotion, and then lets it off in a one-line chorus. Amazing, and even moreso that I don't think I'd ever heard it before.
Other groovy stuff over the last few days: "Behave" by Charlotte Hatherley, and "Mon Homme Presse" by Valerie Leiullot (which I wrote about over on last.fm). Neither of which seem particularly poptimist to me.