Discussion in 'Music and Recordings' started by Erroneous, Apr 11, 2022.
Many thanks to Rustin and Shambles. No time like the present, friends.
Thanks for getting us started again @Erroneous ! I assume that as last time ambient and related are also fair game?
I had missed that album by The Bug - will give it a listen.
As I mentioned in my comment on @Rustin Cohle's status post, I've not had much time for new music discovery recently, but starting with a couple from the last year or so that I can't remember if we covered in the previous thread or not. Both happen to be on Ecstatic, who have put out some really great stuff over the past few years.
First, Romance's latest, Once Upon a Time. If you've heard their earlier releases, then you know what to expect, but in this case that's not a bad thing. Never thought I'd say this of any album, but the Celine Dion source material works so well here. Can't see anything on Youtube, but the Bandcamp link is here https://youmustrememberthis.bandcamp.com/album/once-upon-a-time
Second, Celestial's I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night. Minimal synth and acoustic guitar, but kinda hard to draw too many comparisons to other stuff. Again, Bandcamp link is https://celestialecstatic.bandcamp.com/album/i-had-too-much-to-dream-last-night
Will have a dig through my collection and try to find some other stuff that got missed from the previous version of the thread...
Cool, let's do this.
I'll lob a few out that have been on heavy rotation.
Maria W. Horn: Kontrapoetik
Wojciech Rusin: The Funnel
I don't know why I enjoy Drone Ambient so much. It's so counter intuitive, but sometimes late at night, lying in bed, it just hits the spot.
I think I posted these in the old thread, but these two youtube channels get a lot of views from me
@Erroneous Can you add "Ambient" to the thread title? I'm remembering that was what I had originally done. Thanks.
I've also been making a concerted effort to pick up some box sets along the C.20th classical and electro-acoustic/concrete lines before they disappear. I prefer the long form stuff in CD format in terms of a clean, surface noise-free listen, plus convenience and continuity of experience (it offends my sensibilities when a track is spread over two sides). All of this is totally hallucinogenic in one way or another ... you just never know what's around the corner ... you might be in for a single note sustained for 10 min or something alien and violent pouncing from the shadows. It's very visceral, exciting listening (at least to these ears).
I've been very intrigued by these retrospective box sets of early electronic composers coming out over the past year or so. Was very tempted to pick up a couple of them, but have not done so yet (though as you say, stock is only going to last so long..).
I am sure there is a whole lot of really interesting material that will give me context and better understanding of the work of other later artists I enjoy, but my gut feeling is that it's going to be difficult to find sufficient time to really sink into it and get something out of it. I know that sounds kinda defeatist, but uninterrupted listening time is in short supply these days and the £45-50 for each of these box sets buys me a good amount of other music.
Tried going through the few albums from these artists that are on Qobuz, but obviously a very imperfect approximation for the full carefully curated retrospectives. Are there any that stand head and shoulders above the others in terms of their interest and/or importance?
Yeah, good question. I'm not there yet. It would be cool to have an old school tape swapping (only not tapes) sort of practice where members can help introduce one another to vast catalogues, do some of the weeding and whittling down. I mean, SBAF does it with gear after all. Like I would love to dive deep into the ocean of Roland Kayn and present 10 essential tracks or something. But, you know, that could be 6 months from now. But if enough people got in line to do that sort of thing, we could have something weekly or monthly. Anyway, just spitballing.
Incidentally, I know you're a Romance fan. The new collab with Dean Hurley is great. As someone who was sort of poisoned by soap operas growing up, this feels redemptive.
Yep, great concept for sure. Certainly for some artists, especially those who operated for decades, the scale of their back catalogue can be a big obstacle. It could even work for niche sub-genres and not just artists. For example, have been meaning to put together a post on dub techno for a while, but need to find the time to do it justice.
Ha yeah, this was an instabuy for me as soon as I saw the email from Boomkat that landed in my inbox yesterday. Handed over my money for the FLAC copy earlier today and am listening to it as I type. Perfect Friday evening listening after a tiring week.
Really like this - thanks for posting - reminds me, in some sort of way, of Biosphere's 'The Things I Tell You'
Yeah, Biosphere is great. I haven't loved his last couple but he had a wicked good streak going for quite some time.
Yep completely agreed - didn't get on with Shortwave Memories or Angel's Flight no matter how many chances I gave them, but his stuff from the 1990s and early 2000s is great.
Just dropping this here for anyone in the greater Vancouver area. Should be rad. I'll be driving up from Tacoma and spending a few days up there ... I'd be down to grab a meal if anyone is around.
"STRING: Last Index Of ..." on V I S. I suspect folks who dug Huerco S' Colonial Patterns would enjoy this.
This is from the new Tim Gane (Stereolab) project Ghost Power (S/T). Most of the rest of the album is more in the Stereolab style, but the mixed sounds in the 15 mins of this track fit the bill for inclusion here.
I recently discovered Clarice Jensen's Drone Studies, which is getting a vinyl release w/ slightly different track listing after an initial cassette-only issue (the YouTube video is for the latter). It's totally great.
And rightly or wrongly, this is the Ellen Arkbro I return to most often. It just does it for me.
And NWW's Salt Marie Celeste is getting an expanded reissue packaging together the original title track and a closely related track, "Salt," released in a very limited edition. NWW has been doing us right with these reissues.
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