Thursday, July 17, 2014

Jenny Hval & Susanna - I Have Walked This Body AUDIO

Two of Norway's, and anywhere else's, most unique voices, Jenny Hval and Susanna Wallumrød (aka Susanna, with or without The Magical Orchestra), composed the music and wrote the lyrics for a collaborative album, "Meshes of Voices", which will be issued mid-August 2014 on SusannaSonata.

The first extract from the upcoming album proposed here, "I Have Walked This Body", is surprisingly ethereal and even noisy at times. It starts with layers of harmonium drones, which take some tremendously roaring foreground as Jenny's and Susanna's voices literally mesh for a deep near spiritual and spooky experience. A fine introduction to a very promising album.

You can stream "I Have Walked This Body" below.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Liars <> FOCUS

Liars could pretty much be considered one of the most interesting, adventurous and consistent bands from the early 2000s until now, they also own one of the most recognizable sound around. Liars could somehow be described as Animal Collective's nemesis because just like those guys Liars changes musical direction for each new release, to the point that this band has always been very difficult to categorize and box into whatever musical genre. This could also be one of the main reasons why Liars don't get much beyond a cult status, only the most open-minded fans are able to follow up to the band ever-changing artistic choices and orientation. Besides, and just like Avey Tare and co, their untamed and playful studio performance during the recording of each of their album is palatable. But contrary to the joyous jamborees that characterize most of Animal Collective's outputs, Liars' unique aesthetic approach veers towards way darker corners and more violent territories.

Liars was founded in 2000. Its genesis can be traced in Los Angeles where Australian Cal Arts student Angus Andrew met microbiology student Aaron Hemphill in a record store. Both were collaborating on four-track recordings until Angus completed school and they relocated to New York. After responding to an ad, bassist Pat Noecker and drummer Ron Albertson joined and this was the first band's line-up, which later recorded the impressive debut "They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top" in 2001. Some different ideas on creative methods led to the departure of the rhythm section, Angus' old friend Julian Gross arrived, and Liars' new line-up never changed since then. They further signed to London record label Mute, and released their radically different second album "They Were Wrong, So We Drowned" in 2004.
The rest is history.

Let's explore Liars' discography.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

30,000 Pageviews

Thank you to all visitors, even the lost ones who were wondering "what the fuck is this shit all about?"
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9. Russia 318
10. Netherlands 276

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

St. Vincent <> FOCUS

St. Vincent aka Annie Clark is pretty hip these days.
As a multi-instrumentalist, she began her career as a member of the psych/prog choral rock band The Polyphonic Spree and was also part of cult singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens' touring band before spreading out her wings as a solo artist with the one-woman band St. Vincent in 2006. Annie Clark took her mysteriously odd moniker from a Nick Cave song, which references the hospital where Dylan Thomas died.

One of the most original singer/songwriters, and one of the most inventive guitarists, of the last decade, Annie Clark is also blessed with a beautiful, bright, clear and articulate voice, without being flashy or utterly virtuosic. It remains tender and charming in its humility, even when the music reaches its rowdiest peaks. St. Vincent has been compared to many of her pairs, past or present, while her music and vocal performances are less mannered and dramatic than My Brightest Diamond, several light-years more original and idiosyncratic than Florence and The Machine and more talented than the already pretty gifted Bat For Lashes, to name a few of her contemporaries. Besides, there are more brilliant ideas in one of the best St. Vincent's song than in the near entire discography of Kate Bush and Tori Amos together, both names, mostly the former, being far too often namedropped when another female artist appears with an individualistic voice, singular song structures and colorfully textured arrangement. Artists as different as Julia Holter or Courtney Love, and even, hum, Lady Gaga, have been unimaginatively compared to la Bush. But let's not digress further, let's better discover St. Vincent's discography.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Sunn O))) & Ulver - Terrestrials (2014) ALBUM STREAMING

The versatile emperor of doom metal drone Sunn O))) collaborated with the even more diversified Norwegian experimental black metal ambient neoclassical and so on combo Ulver on this three-track album "Terrestrials" that was released early 2014 by Southern Lord. It was initially conceived between 2008 and 2012, and one can wonder why this rather short full length (around 35 minutes) took so long to see the dark of night.

Strings, horns, drums, organs and even Fender Rhodes, on the magnificent, elegiac and surprisingly delightful "Eternal Return", have been added here and there to the now highly recognizable chthonian near impenetrable drones created by Sunn O)))'s guitars and bass of Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson. Nothing new for all the collaborators involved in this project but an interesting collective work and an ultimately gratifying sonic journey anyways.

Wovenhand - Refractory Obdurate (2014) ALBUM STREAMING

David Eugene Edwards is untameable. Since his tormented God-fearing incantations with the now legendary punkish alt-country-folk 16 Horsepower in the mid-90s until this last and seventh full length album by Wovenhand (also spelled as Woven Hand), "Refractory Obdurate", presented here, Edwards seems to get even fiercer with age. Through time, Wovenhand's music became heavier and heavier, a tendency which was very noticeable on their last album, "The Laughing Stalk", in 2012. That album was produced by Alexander Hacke, of Einstürzende Neubauten's fame, now in the re-formed, with Edwards in the line-up, Crime & The City Solution. In the meantime, Wovenhand left Glitterhouse Records to join the more hardcore punk oriented Deathwish, Inc., where Converge and Deafheaven are the most prestigious current artists, a move that confirms Wovenhand's musically more aggressive orientation.

On a side note, the song "Good Shepherd" sounds surprisingly like a denser and beefed up Echo &The Bunnymen's.

"Refractory Obdurate" is without the shadow of a doubt the heaviest record in Wovenhand's already consequent discography, it is full of blood and fury, a particularly intense and spooky listening experience. Dive head first into this powerful record below.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Fennesz - Bécs (2014) ALBUM STREAMING

13 years after Austrian abstract electronic and guitarist Christian Fennesz delivered the lush and colorful little masterpiece "Endless Summer", the musician and composer is back to the Vienna-founded groundbreaking record label Editions Mego for its conceptual follow-up, mysteriously named "Bécs". Fennesz' sixth solo album was released in April 2014 and offers some surprisingly abrasive, moody but moving soundscapes. Fennesz proves with "Bécs" that he's still one of the main masters of the genre. He stands head and shoulders above younger lads like Tim Hecker or Ben Frost thanks to his compositional skills and his attention to details, those with the focus, the vision and the musical eloquence of a poet.

Stream the album below and be enthralled.