Chicane is an alias of Nick Bracegirdle, a British electronic dance producer. Far from the Maddening Crowds, the project’s 1997 debut album, is well respected within the trance community, and the album itself is a rather rare and coveted commodity.
This is Chicane’s 1999 hit single Saltwater, which made it all the way to #6 on the UK Singles Chart as well as #1 on all the UK Dance charts. If something sounds vaguely familiar about the vocals, your instinct is correct! The track features the singing of Máire Brennan (the sister of Enya) from the Irish folk group Clannad, and Saltwater is based on Clannad’s 1982 song Theme from Harry’s Game. Brennan’s vocals, however, were re-recorded specifically for the Chicane track.
Brennan’s haunting voice, which often evokes images of traditional Irish country landscapes, sounds great when paired with a trance beat and ocean imagery. Saltwater consistently comes up on lists of the best trance classics.
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