Archive for the ‘electronic’ Category

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E101: Beginning Electro for the Classical Musician

December 10, 2010

See this page:  https://professorkeanbean.wordpress.com/e101-beginning-electro-for-the-classical-musician/

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Twin Shadow – Forget [2010]

November 22, 2010

Post #51. Forget by Twin ShadowTwin Shadow‘s live performance is solid.  Probably the coolest dude in Boston last Thursday, George Lewis Jr. led Twin Shadow with an electric guitar, afro, and thick mustache.  The band rocked with hard drums, heavy bass, and guitar leads, giving Lewis the occasion to show off his skill and flare.  While this made for a great set, it doesn’t much compare with their album.  Forget is great.  It’s simply great.

If given only a quick listen, Twin Shadow is perhaps easy to write-off as another hipster 80s throwback.  I think the distinguishing factor upon listening to the full album is that everything sounds completely honest and unassuming.  Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear‘s production sets all parts around the vocals yet keeps the dressing elements simple.  Though I didn’t listen to anything nearly as cool when I was young, these songs remind me of childhood and make me want to dance around in the living room (softly enough to avoid skipping the needle).

Stream the entire album here. Also, here’s a free download of I Can’t Wait, which also happens to be my favorite track on the album.

source: pfork

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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

 

 

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Gold Panda – Lucky Shiner [2010]

September 21, 2010

Post #47.  Gold Panda‘s debut LP Lucky Shiner. Gold Panda, a super humble guy named Derwin, spoke with me about music and other artists we like after his fantastic opening set for Health earlier this year.  When I asked if he’s been palling around with Mount Kimbie, James Blake, and Joy Orbison he laughed it off saying he’s not even a musician and is way out of their league.  I’m not sure he can be so humble after releasing Lucky Shiner, which displays incredible musicianship and easily puts him in the ranks of the top new British producers.

What’s great about this album is its balance between depth and immediacy.  Thoughtful melodic tracks flow seamlessly out of catchy “bangers” (sorry Derwin, they really do make my head bob).  Soft rhythms keep the melodic tracks flowing while elegant phrasing and structuring keep the jams from wearing out after a few listens.  Despite their previous release on the You EP, Derwin cleverly included You and Before We Met on Lucky Shiner in a way that only adds to the album’s cohesiveness; and rather than sounding recycled, they feel completely new in this context.

Stream the whole album here (also a free dl of Snow & Taxis) and buy it for only $8 here!

free downloads from pfork: Same Dream China and a non-Lucky Shiner track Quitters Raga and a Gold Panda remix of The Field‘s I Have the Moon, You Have the Internet

source: pfork, Derwin

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Delorean – Subiza (2010)

June 11, 2010

Post #41.  Subiza by Delorean.  I don’t feel the need to make much of a case here – you’re going to like this instantly.  Delorean is the kind of music that can get old, but only because you won’t be able to stop yourself from putting it on repeat.  They have an Animal Collective Brothersporty jungle dance sound that is perfect for summer cookouts and parties.

Enjoy all but the last track on this youtube playlist.  Here’s a free download of the single Stay Close, and here’s one of their remix of Cold Cave‘s Life Magazine.

source: pfork