[EN] Music for Cold Souls

Posted on February 13, 2010
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Lhasa de Sela

Lhasa de Sela, 1972 - 2010

I saw the excellent and thought-provoking film Cold Souls recently, and I was impressed with a couple of songs on the soundtrack.

I’d never heard of the artist (Lhasa de Sela, what a beautiful name), but I was taken with her music right away.

It has elements of fado, and it also reminds me of the famous song from Mulholland Dr.

Sadly, I made a very unfortunate discovery when I found the Wikipedia link mentioned earlier. She died very recently.

Following a 21 month battle with breast cancer, Lhasa died, aged 37, on the evening of January 1, 2010, at her home in Montreal.

[ Lhasa’s Obituary at The Guardian. ]
[ Lhasa’s Obituary at The Montreal Gazette. ]

What a terrible waste; it makes the songs on the three excellent albums she left behind all the more haunting.

Let’s not forget Lhasa.

La route chante,
Quand je m’en vais.
Je fais trois pas,
La route se tait.

La route est noire,
À perte de vue.
Je fais trois pas,
La route n’est plus.

(La Marée Haute, 2003)

Lhasa de Sela – Con Toda Palabra

Lhasa de Sela – La Marée Haute

Lhasa de Sela – My Name

Lhasa de Sela – Pa’Llegar a tu Lado

Lhasa de Sela – NPR Interview 2005

More of Lhasa de Sela on YouTube.


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