Archive for April, 2010

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Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma [2010]

April 29, 2010

Post #35.  Cosmogramma by Flying Lotus.  I don’t expect everyone to like FlyLo.  His beats are complicated, choppy, and craaazy.  This album, which comes out next Tuesday, might even be the most difficult of his 3 LPs to get into right off the bat.  I didn’t even like the album much until I got to track 10, Do the Astral Plane, which is simply phenomenal.  After a couple of listens I really began to appreciate the way the album unfolds and I can anticipate where beats get chopped up and drop off.

Stream the entire album now on FlyLo’s Myspace (the songs in the player up through Galaxy in Janaki).  Believe it or not, Do the Astral Plane is my favorite on the album despite the Thom Yorke collab … And the World Laughs with You.

source: dataless

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Caribou – Swim [2010]

April 20, 2010

Post #34. CaribouSwim.  Why do you need my thoughts when Caribou creator Dan Snaith explains Swim so well? “I got excited by the idea of making dance music that’s liquid in the way it flows back and forth, the sounds slosh around in pitch, timbre, pan… Dance music that sounds like it’s made out of water, rather than made out of metallic stuff like most dance music does.”  Some beat crafting credits go to Four Tet, Junior Boys‘ Jeremy Greenspan, and Born Ruffians‘ Luke Lalonde.

Stream the whole album here or via this youtube playlist.  Also, free downloads of Odessa and the Spirituals remix of Sun.

source: dataless

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Infinite Body – Carve Out the Face of My God

April 12, 2010

Post #33.  Infinite BodyCarve Out the Face of My God.  I can’t claim to know the exact way you should interpret this album, but I can share with you how I have interpreted it and how it affects me emotionally.  First, read the song titles.

1. Dive

2. A Fool Persists

3. What They Wanted to be Was Useless

4. Out to Where I Am

5. On Our Own to Fall Off

6. Beside me in the Dawn

7. Sunshine

8. Lived on it’s Knees (for Matt)

9. He Runs without Feet and Holds without Hands

10. Drive Dreams Away

11. Carve Out the Face of My God

I do not know if Kyle Parker, creator of Infinite Body, is a Christian or even if he believes in a Higher Power.  His song titles, however, are strongly evocative of Christian Theology and belief in a God who is all-powerful, all-present, and personal.  Some songs seem to be conveying grand ideas while others are reminiscent of church music with organs and strings.  This is, perhaps, Parker’s attempt to sculpt his understanding of God with music, and it may just be Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel of electronic music. (Another element that may be a stretch in interpretation is that each song seems incomplete and trails off or fades away, and if this were man’s attempt to describe an Infinite Being it would be appropriate to acknowledge his inability to do so completely).

Even without a Theological interpretation the music is powerful and can be enjoyed by anyone who is willing to slow down and let the music pass over and through them.  There are no obvious melodies, hooks, or drum beats, but this is well worth your time.  I hope you enjoy it.

and a live version of Sunshine

source: pfork