It’s been six years since The Notwist released their last album and now the German trio is back with a new album that comes out today, titled Close To The Glass. I’ve been listening to a preview of the album on NPR for the past couple weeks and it’s certainly a solid record, a nice blend of guitar driven tracks and electronic melodies. Check out two tracks from the album below, or you can listen to the whole thing on Rdio by clicking here.
PANES are a fairly new London based band that there isn’t much known about yet. But! They must be pretty good if they’ve been able to tap fellow Brit and PAN label dude Lee Gamble for a remix. Gamble is of the current crop of electronic experimenters who are doing fantastic things with sound that bend in both the very abstract and rhythmic directions. 2013’s Dutch Tvashar Plumes is an excellent example of this. His work with PANES sees their otherwise Bass-y, trippy London pop sound scaled back to its bare ghostly center. That means in a very Gamble way removing the original’s vocals, all dynamism, and leaving the song as a minimized hum.
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It almost felt inevitable. The reigning American kings of drone decide to team up with one of Norway’s greatest avant-garde bands. Ok, Ulver MAY have been black metal in the 90s, and Sunn O))) MAY be responsible for the current world of drone metal, and they MAY have collaborated 8 years ago as well. But there’s something different and special about this record now in 2014. Allegedly made during overnight sessions in Oslo, this inspired collaboration blends intricate orchestration and with restrained melodies.
Clocking in at around 36 minutes for only three tracks, Terrestrials is an essential soundtrack that you never knew you needed. Minimal melodies are built out of a blend instruments – strings, chimes, horns, eccentric drum beats – that only seem to build anticipation. The record seems to revel in this, each track a swirling amalgamation of notes and sounds. Interestingly, the audio mix is quite restrained, forcing you to turn up the volume to hear the little intricacies of noise they have pieced together. This record is as beautiful as anything done by Clint Mansell or Nils Frahm, utilizing a surreal level of restraint that spills out complex musical motifs and variations. Definitely one for contemplation with a cup of tea over the wintery landscape or churning your creative juices in a different direction.
Paul Trillo, a Brooklyn based director, has turned everyone’s favorite photo technique, the double exposure, and created this stunning music video. The video is for the song “Be Around” by The Peach Kings, and Paul has turned it into something like a piece of moving art. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone do double exposure in film like this before and the technique completely gorgeous. What do you want to bet that we start to see this technique being used more and more from now on?
Check out the video and some more sweet animated GIFs below.
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Kyle introduced my to Planningtorock, a Berlin based electronic musician who often explores gender issues in songs, pitching her voice lower to sound more like a man. Her song “Human Drama” is on a lot in our apartment. A few days ago she did a mix for Fader and I’ve been really digging it. It’s an eclectic mix of tracks she’s been listening to, hopefully you discover something new.
1. rROXYMORE – LONELY RITOURNELLE XIII
1. JAMES K – DIRECTION
1. PLANNINGTOROCK – ALL LOVE’S LEGAL – MOKADEM REMIX
1. GLASSER – WINDOW ii
1. THE KNIFE – TOOTH FOR AN EYE – COOLY G REMIX
1. MEDUSA – NEHEB N3CH HAYATI
1. HYPERAKTIVIST – REMINISCENCE
1. PURSUIT GROOVES – DEAREST NATURE
1. PLANNINGTOROCK – MISOGYNY DROP DEAD – HOLLY HERNDON REMIX
1. VUVUVULTURE – DEAF EPIC – CREEP REMIX
1. LIGHT ASYLUM – FATIMA AL QUADRIRI REMIX
1. PLANNINGTOROCK – HUMAN DRAMA – PERERA ELSEWHERE REMIX
1. KAREN GWYER – FREE FOOD_ONE MEN STRIPER
1. MOLLY NILSSON – ATLANTIC TALES
1. ANIKA – BLOODHOUND – DUB
1. TIRZAH – SLOW JAM
1. FATIMA AL QADIRI – HYDRA
1. PLANNINGTOROCK – BEYOND BINARY BINDS
1. PAULA TEMPLE – CLONED
1. LISA DILLAN – SITTING BULL – PIECE FOR CHAIR, FLOOR & VOICE
1. HOUWAIDA FEAT. CHIHEB – JANNA
(Ed. note: Planningtorock deliberately numbered each track as #1 so there is no hierarchy among them)
Thug Entrancer (AKA Ryan McRyhew) is Software‘s latest effort to rethink or change the electronic music landscape. They are releasing the debut of the Chicago-by-way-of-Denver musician’s Death After Life on February 11, a serious dance record intended to experiment and meditate on the TR-808. What’s interesting about the release is it’s clever monotony: it features eight songs called “Death After Life” along with bonus cuts “Ready To Live,” a two part song. All the sounds are coming out of the same pool of 808s but feel particularly polished and new, perhaps what the new life being suggested in the title is.
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I didn’t realize that King Krule was such a polarizing musician. I know I’ve seen several of the folks I follow on Twitter share my enjoyment of his unique vocals. But then I put his music on at work or in the car and the comment I hear most is, “That guy sounds like he’s dying.”
A few weeks back I stumbled upon this track that he did with Mount Kimbie and was totally enamored with it. I mean, King Krule still sounds like he’s dying, but the music to this track is pretty unbeatable. Mount Kimbie has such a way with bass lines, they always remind me of Radiohead. I also really like that this track is sprawling, that it starts to devolve and unravel as it reaches it’s end. If you like this you should certainly snag Mount Kimbie’s most recent album Cold Spring Fault Less Youth.
I’m always a fan of when Four Tet releases random mixes. This one is from a couple of days ago and it’s been keeping my work flow going tonight. Hopefully it does the same for you.