Archive for October, 2010

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Brian Eno – Small Craft on a Milk Sea [2010]

October 31, 2010

Post # 50. Brian Eno‘s Small Craft on a Milk Sea, released 11/2/2010.   I am featuring this album not because I find it all that amazing, but because it has powerfully affected me.  Therefore, use caution.  These songs have no intended story and your emotions will likely become the focal point as you experience the album.  When already feeling a bit down I gave this album my first listen and it made for a very melancholy evening.  Eno explains it all:

”The work in this collection is a result of an occasional collaboration between myself, Leo Abrahams and Jon Hopkins. The two of them are gifted young player/composers whose work, like mine, is intimately connected to the possibilities and freedoms of electronic music. Over the last few years we’ve worked together several times, enjoying exploring the huge new sonic territories now available to musicians. Mostly the pieces on this album resulted not from ‘composition’ in the classical sense, but from improvisation. The improvisations are not attempts to end up with a song, but rather with a landscape, a feeling of a place and perhaps the suggestion of an event. In a sense they deliberately lack ‘personality’: there is no singer, no narrator, no guide as to what you ought to be feeling. If these pieces had been used in films, the film would complete the picture. As they stand, they are the mirror-image of silent movies – sound-only movies.” —Brian Eno


source: dataless

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Echospace – Liumin [2010]

October 24, 2010

Post #49. Liumin by Echospace.  Exotic field recordings + minimal house = Liumin.  This album begins with the track, In Echospace, an amazing sculpture of sound.  At first you hear a few voices, static, and other ambient elements that build into the sample.  You expect it to continue as most ambient tracks do, adding bit by bit but staying in simple and gentle territory, until it gets transformed into something more interesting.  Around 1 minute in these elements are crafted into gorgeous waves that become more rhythmic as the track continues.  At about 2 minutes in you notice that the waves have depth as a subtle pulsating bass enters.  At 4 you think you hear an off-beat kick-drum, but by about 5:30 you realize that you must have imagined things were getting more exciting as the track gets brought down a notch.  But as the waves of static wash seamlessly into Summer Haze, that old familiar kick-drum lands on the house 4 and the party starts.  Perfect interplay between exhausting beats and textured swells carry us to the last track, Warm, a peaceful ambient rest after over an hour of dancing.

Stream the whole album here.  The OBMX track (youtube video below) is not on this album but is an Echospace masterpiece from 2008.  For more info on Liumin‘s creation, read this review.

ALSO! Preview next week’s post, Brian EnoSmall Craft on a Milk Sea, by streaming at NPR till Nov 2.

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source: batalsdr

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Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz [2010]

October 9, 2010

Post #48. Sufjan StevensThe Age of Adz, to be released October 12. Sufjan drops a big one!  What’s he getting at with calling this The Age of Adz?  The age of advertisements? Is he really talking about an adze? Or is it the age of odds?  I stopped trying to interpret too much of Sufjan‘s lyrics when he explained that The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades is Out to Get Us has no underlying social or racial meaning, but is instead the story of him being frightened by a wasp as a boy.  The reason I love this album is the way it builds to I want to be Well and settles down for Impossible Soul.  Sufjan mixes swirling wind instrument patterns (used heavily in The BQE) and some new electronic tricks into his trademark flowing folk, which results in a fun and somewhat scatterbrained sound.

Stream the whole album until October 12 at NPR.

source: npr, dataless