The obvious track to listen to today is Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” but a couple of Philly musicians have another eclipse-themed project for us to check out as the moon blocks the sun.
Philly rapper Lushlife has teamed with Austin, Texas, producer Botany for “Skull Eclipses,” a “musical composition for viewing of the solar eclipse,” the project’s website says. Featuring work from Philly harpist Mary Lattimore, the song is designed to last throughout the 2-minute 40-second totality of today’s eclipse, when the moon completely obscures the sun — something that won’t occur around Philly, which will experience a partial, but still dramatic, eclipse of about 80 percent.
LATER TODAY: Derrick Pitts, the Franklin Institute’s chief astronomer, will take your solar eclipse questions live on Philly.com’s Facebook page at 3 p.m., just after the eclipse peak in Philadelphia.
Several NPR stations, including WXPN, will air the track as the peak effect of the eclipse approaches at 2:44 p.m. Monday.
Lushlife, real name Raj Haldar, is the Philadelphia rapper behind 2013’s “Toynbee Suite,” a track that explores Philly’s mysterious Toynbee Tiles from the perspective of whoever the tiler might be. Lattimore this year released an ode to Wawa with her harp-driven track “Wawa by the Ocean.”
Check out “Skull Eclipses” here: