Archive for March, 2010

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Scuba – Triangulation [2010]

March 30, 2010

Post #32. ScubaTriangulation.  Electro novice Sasha says, “It sounds like we’re underwater. Who is this?”  This is Scuba.  Paul Rose’s second LP as Scuba is a brilliant progression for dubstep in that it flows with liquidity while remaining great dance music.  It is in fact characterized by a general aquatic sound.  Song climaxes are preceeded by pressurized lulls and break the surface with an added level of energy.  By submerging his themes before they are fully realized, Rose creates anticipation that makes his music interesting and exciting. 

Full youtube playlist here. No earbuds allowed! You must feel the bass.  Tracers is my favorite (just wait for 1:40).

source: dataless

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Radiohead Singles!

March 23, 2010

Post #31.  You knew it was coming.  I’m actually impressed with myself that I went 30 weeks without making a Radiohead post.  Well, there are three reasons to do it now: 1. Radiohead and various band members have been writing and releasing singles recently, 2. Radiohead are currently recording!, and 3. I get to see Atoms for Peace (Yorke’s solo group) perform in Chicago on April 10 and I wanted an excuse to brag about it.  (And, yeah, I took that photo at Bonnaroo.)

RadioheadHarry Patch (In Memory Of).  Gorgeous classical arrangement featuring Yorke’s isolated voice.  This was written for Harry Patch, the last surviving British soldier of WWI, and released after his death last year.  Yorke’s vocals are left untouched to portray Patch’s state.

RadioheadThese Are My Twisted Words.  This song is as good as any of the tracks on In Rainbows and makes me excited for what they might be recording now.  I love the trailing guitars and light kickdrum thump.

Thom YorkeHearing Damage.  Song from Twighlight series New Moon Soundtrack.  Way to expose those vampire-loving teenagers to good music, Thom!

Thom Yorke feat. Jonny GreenwoodFeeling Pulled Apart by Horses. This track is a pretty neat experiment in musical deconstruction.  Instruments enter and exit as they please to contribute to the creepy groove.   A less impressive track, The Hollow Earth, was included on the flip side of this release.

Thom YorkeAll for the Best.  This is a lovely cover of a Mark Mulcahy song featuring Thom’s brother, Andy Yorke, on harmony vocals.  This is from the tribute album Ciao My Shining Star.

Jonny GreenwoodDoghouse.  This is an abstract classical piece that Greenwood was commissioned to write for the BBC Orchestra.  It is similar to his earlier composition Popcorn Superhet Receiver, which was used for the soundtrack to There Will Be Blood.  You can stream it here, but only for two more days.  An interview with Greenwood starts about 26 minutes in and the actual piece starts around the 31 minute mark.

Phil SelwayThe Ties that Bind Us and The Witching Hour.  Two finger-picked acoustic songs. (The Ties that Bind Us is the better of the two.)  From Seven Worlds Collide album The Sun Came Out.

Ed O’Brien (with Liam Finn) – Bodhisattva Blues.  A basic rock song with some pretty neat guitar work.  You can stream it here. From Seven Worlds Collide album The Sun Came Out.

Thom YorkeThe Present Tense.  Beautiful unreleased song.

source: dead air space and pfork

(all but Greenwood’s and O’Brien’s work is on this youtube playlist)

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Midlake – The Courage of Others [2010]

March 16, 2010

Album post #30.  Midlake‘s third LP, The Courage of OthersPitchfork is full of crap.  This album is great.  I agree that it’s not as good as The Trials of Van Occupanther, but it certainly deserves praise.

The element that stands out to me throughout the album is the consistency in direction and sound.  The songs on this album are a more subdued folk rock, orchestrated by acoustic fingerpicking, vocal harmony, and flute.  I’d compare the sound of Van Occupanther to The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac and that of The Courage of Others to the darker songs of Simon and Garfunkel and Peter, Paul, and Mary.  Don’t listen expecting Cloudy, but something more along the lines of Hangman.

Here’s a full youtube playlist.

source: merchocolate and pfork

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Bat for Lashes – Two Suns [2009]

March 8, 2010

Album post #29. Two Suns by Bat for Lashes.  I grew up listening to a lot of the mainstream Celtic music that you would see on PBS (Three Irish Tenors, Riverdance, Celtic Women, etc.).  Kind of dorky, but I bet everyone besides my buddy Fink wants to play a Bodhran.

Bat for Lashes isn’t quite Celtic, but between the minor melodies, hollow drums, and Natasha Khan’s towering voice it shares a lot in common with PBS-pop Celtic music.  It is of course much cooler!

If Khan’s music isn’t attractive enough for you to fall in love with her, just take a look at the video of the album’s single Daniel below.  She has a face to match her lovely voice. Full youtube playlist here.

source: pfork

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Bear in Heaven – Beast Rest Forth Mouth [2009]

March 3, 2010

Album post #28. Beast Rest Forth Mouth by Bear in HeavenBear in Heaven pulls off a dreamlike and haunting sound while keeping rock roots.  Occasional pitch warbling, cloudy synths, and theme repetition add the element of confusion we experience when dreaming.  Again I urge you to listen to this one the whole way through.  It won’t be nearly as good broken up, plus you’ll miss the surprising yet delightful reappearance of the album’s single Lovesick Teenagers in the closer Casual Goodbye.

Lovesick Teenagers, one of my favorite tracks of 2009, can be downloaded for free here. Here’s a Full youtube playlist of the album.  I wasn’t sure this album was going to stick with me, but after 4 months of listening I’m still very fond of it.  Enjoy!

source: dataless and pfork