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The Shadow Tapping Your Window

I am alone here, and slowly crawling out of my skin. These are the songs that leave me feeling unsettled, as if someone is out there, just out of sight...
6Kayo Dot
Offramp Cycle, Pattern 22

It's difficult to put my finger on, but there's something in the melodies, the rhythm, the surreal words - from the beginning, something seems just slightly wrong in a way that slips through the cracks of the consciousness. And then that line comes in - "Blood on my hands, and the thing in the back seat... That used to be human."
5Strapping Young Lad
Info Dump

Sometimes this song seems unnecessary, long and drawn out with not much of anything happening. And sometimes it is the most affecting listen on Alien. Like now, as I sit alone, and the wind blows something against the glass, and I think I can see something in the tree line around the back of the house, just through the blinds not quite drawn tight enough. And here the electronics buzz almost subliminally, building to an explosion of noise that never comes, and so the tension just keeps building.
4Bloodrock
D.O.A.

I don't like contemplating my own death - so when a song begins like an old 70s epic, and slowly reveals the perspective of a man after an accident as he realizes the imminence of his own death, it chills me to the bone.
3Porcupine Tree
Heartattack in a Layby

And on the other hand, it is just as unsettling when death draws upon us unrecognized. A man just doesn't feels a little sick, a little weak. As his eyes grow tired, he can't wait to drive home and see his wife again...
2Suicide
Frankie Teardrop

Let's hear it for Frankie. The screams that populate the sparse musical landscapes (just the tapping of a keyboard), are like a descent into Hell itself.
1Hexvessel
Woods to Conjure

This is the reason the list was made - the haunting instrumentals coupled with the ever more sinister existential horror, presented with just enough ambiguity to keep the feelings from taking a tangible form - this is the song that makes me feel something is wrong, but something that I can never see. This song is the tapping shadow.
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