New amiina Video (feat. Lee Hazlewood) – “Hilli (At The Top Of The World)”

Realizing, depending on where you’re standing, this could also be Lee Hazlewood featuring amiina. Regardless, it’s a gorgeous, cooing spoken dream piece about a a sunless island, a volcano, snow eating, and some girl with a gift, wandering. When those horns from amiina’s rise behind Hazlewood’s gruff sleepytime tale? We keep thinking of the Grinch mashing up with Sigur Rós … that narration and strings, those snowshoes made for walking…

This was Hazlewood’s final recording, before he died of kidney cancer on 8/4, and it’ll be released as a single 12/17. The whole inner sunshine and love theme is maybe a bit too sweet, but when you consider he recorded it a month or so before his death, and he was in incredible pain, the cheesiness dissipates and it becomes … almost unbearably beautiful. At the least, seems like a fine tune to introduce into the kid’s holiday vernacular. Check Hazlewood’s MySpace for more details on the single. R.I.P., Lee.