Sunday, December 25, 2011

Jesus is my son - 1914-1918 ALBUM STREAMING

Brussels, Belgium-based Jesus is my son aka Grégory Duby is one third and wildcard guitarist of the seminal K-Branding, which I praised the album "Alliance" earlier this year, will release his second full length February 22, 2012, and you can pre-order it on the FF HHH label web site.
A surprisingly sparse and introvert affair, just a guitar, no effects added, full and warm sounding, in a melancholic mood. The sense of pace is rather extraordinary and there is not a note too many. Excellent soundtrack for winter time.
Listen to the whole thing below, something of a Xmas gift from Jesus is my son.
Spooky isn't it?

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Kate Bush - 50 Words for Snow (2011) REVIEW

Kate Bush is an icon and icons are meant to be destroyed. There is something about her which is similar to The Beatles or David Bowie before her, something that makes people lose any sense of criticism, like falling thoughtless into commonplaces, even if they ain't fans at all. As with the fake rebellious attitude of The Beatles, the calculated multiple impersonations and disguises of David Bowie, Kate Bush is just eccentric enough not to disturb rather conservative audiences for which the same eccentricities is a sign of accepted originality, and not conservative/easy listenable enough to please at the same time more demanding listeners. And she is only half-heartedly experimental and has continuously flirted with the charts. There's nothing intrinsically wrong with that, it's maybe more the somewhat built-up artist aura versus pop singer which, honestly, regularly disturbed me, it seems very much orchestrated, artificial, and there's always the risk of dissipation, the focus being a bit all over the place and not only on the music itself. David Bowie before her, and Björk after her have never succeeded to record a completely satisfying album, even though more than one of them are more than respectable, I leave you the choice. The same is to be said for Kate Bush, albums like "The Dreaming" (1982) and "Hounds of Love"(1985) are among her best but they can not, at least in my book (remember, this is just my opinion), be considered masterpieces, nor classics. Besides, she was discovered by David 'Money' Gilmour, so she can not be that fan-tastic.

Thursday, December 8, 2011


If we do know that many hip hop artists are influenced by jazz, guys like A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Flying Lotus, The Roots or Outkast, it is less known by a relatively wide audience that some jazz artists are influenced by hip hop, Miles Davis back in the eighties already, then Steve Coleman but also Medeski, Martin & Wood, or lately at least two among the most interesting pianists Craig Taborn and Matthew Shipp. Nevertheless, this young Canadian trio BADBADNOTGOOD, this guys are around 20 year old, takes hip hop from the inside out, I mean, the music that's relevant to them is hip hop, so they have decided to cover old and new hip hop tracks in a similar manner as more traditional jazz musicians are reinterpreting jazz bebop to hard bop or even pop/rock standards. These guys are giving jazz the possibility  to appeal a much younger audience compared to most contemporary jazz which is marketed for an adult one, and it's always a good thing : jazz is still pretty much alive, for sure. Besides, BADBADNOTGOOD collaborated with Odd Future's frontman Tyler, The Creator. Swag! Check this out.

A very interesting and surprisingly enjoyable album full of tough hip hop beats played live and some pretty inspired solos by both keyboards and electric bass. You can find here reinterpretations of "Mass Appeal" by Gang Starr, "The World is Yours" by Nas, "Camel" by Flying Lotus, "Fall in Love" by Slum Village and even "Transmission" by Joy Division (that's no hip hop, spooky), without forgetting the long medley "Title Theme/Saria's Song/Song of Storms" from Nintendo 64 video game "The Legend of Zelda : Ocarina of Time", for the ones who know it, not my case. The album is downloadable for free and with the blessing of the band here.

In between time, these chaps have issued a live album which you may also stream and free download on their bandcamp page. Such generosity is very much appreciated.

Red Horse - Red Horse ALBUM STREAMING

Noise, rock, improv, jazz, experimental, industrial, whatever project of drummer/multi-percussionist Eli Keszler and guitarist/home-made instruments inventor Steve Pyne. This is Red Horse's second album, released via Type Records, both albums have the same title/no title, beware! Very interesting take on noise improvisation with a punk spirit not too often heard in the so-called avant-garde. The sound is excellent and very detailed, it makes you feel like sitting inside the belly of a huge machinery gone slightly off-kilter. Concerning the musical process, the closest comparison could be Supersilent's first triple album, simply called "1-3", Red Horse shares with the mighty Norwegians a rather similar attractiveness, minus the obvious jazz influence, Red Horse is somewhat closer to post-rock or something. Special mention for "Part Two" particularly impressive, real instant composition, and it's near impossible to get how they succeed to produce those impossible sounds.

Red Horse - Red Horse by _type

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Clams Casino - Instrumentals ALBUM STREAMING

Well sought after hiphop producer Clams Casino (real name Mike Volpe) has worked for superstar rappers Lil B and Soulja Boy but he mostly enjoys vocal-less works. The richness of his unique sound palette offers an interesting journey through earth-shattering soundscapes. These songs are essentially sample-based loops, for example "Illest Alive" is a slicing and dicing of Björk's "Bachelorette" and it was revealed during an interview with Pitchfork that "Realist Alive" is a slowed and slurred version of Adele's "Hometown Glory".

This album was first called "Instrumental Mixtape" and was self-released, now it is just called "Instrumentals" and it has find a home on the excellent
Type Records, the label that released the masterpiece "Owl Splinters" by Deaf Center. Spooking stream the whole album below and pay a visit to Type Records if you're not afraid of adventurous music.

Skeletons - People (2011) REVIEW

"No matter how bad it gets, you are still with us, you are still with us. No matter how weird it feels, feelings are real, we are all just people." are the first verses slightly gospel sounding on some church organ on the closing title track of Skeletons' last album aptly named "People", and it gets bad, real bad, lyrically, and it gets quite weird indeed, musically. The weirdness of the music is nothing new on Skeletons' already sixth album, released via Shinkoyo/Crammed Discs, the slight surprise comes from the very lyrics-centered particularly social conscious content of the album. Words generally don't attract my attention in music except if the performer especially underlines them one way or the other, and there are no specific rules to achieve this in my book. But there is something in frontman Matthew Mehlan gentle, soft-spoken, near whispered voice which just makes me listen with more attention, just like he would confide his doubts and thoughts and tales right into my ears and into my consciousness. With that closing track, Matthew Mehlan is trying to console the listeners after a serial of grizzly real-life events narrated in the details during the previous songs, but he comes out unconvincing because he's trying to convince himself, repeating a mantra that makes him, and the listener too, feel, yes, consoled. A very human thing to do, "we are all just people".

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Phaedra - The Darkest Hour VIDEO

I have no excuse except for a moment of absence, or nonchalance, but how could I? In October this year, the luminous Phaedra issued a video for the song "The Darkest Hour" from her seminal "The Sea", to which I gave a 9 out of 10 here, and you can finally see it on the spooking blog. The video was made by Lasse Gretland and Dita von Berisha. It is oddly stipulated "Unofficial Video" while this is Phaedra on the video and she posted it on her own facebook page, so it is official enough for me. Enjoy! Although I advise you to put on your scarf, it's rather windy.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Iceage - New Brigade (2011) REVIEW

(Post)-Punk is pretty hot these days, bands are popping up everywhere like mushrooms, mostly from the West Coast, with the rather chaotic HEALTH, the more tropical tinged Abe Vigoda, the guitar-and-drums duo No Age or the snotty slackers Wavves, and the list could get on forever. Everyone of these bands are trying to bring something new, something fresh, while keeping the music cohesive and enjoyable, to a 'genre' which is nevertheless more than 30 years old, but none of them have succeeded to be really convincing throughout an entire album. While most of the attention from critics and audiences alike were focused on that part of the world, the West Coast, the real surprise came from the other side of the world, over the Atlantic Ocean, just between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea : Copenhagen, Denmark. Four young 17 years old lads founded Iceage in 2008 and barely three years later, on January 2011, their debut album "New Brigade" is released... in Denmark only. Six months later, June 21, the album appeared in the US. And the band will have to wait 5 months more to see their album reviewed in Spookrijder. I apologize for the delay.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Maja Ratkje - Voice, the movie (preview) VIDEO

A preview of a documentary made by a young German director, Ingo Biermann, about one of the most compelling, distinctive and original artists today, and for a little decade already : Maja Ratkje. She is a singer, a composer, a sound sculptor, name it. On this demo, we can see some other fine musicians as diverse as Arve Henriksen, Joëlle Léandre, Frode Haltli (above pic with the accordion) or Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O))), a.o.).

What seems particularly interesting here is the successive and simultaneous mix of musical moments (live, studio, rehearsal) with the everyday family life, and vice versa, which gives the strong impression that both 'dimensions' are intimately linked in Maja Ratke's universe.

A very promising foretaste of the full production which will be released in 2012.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Evangelista - In Animal Tongue ALBUM STREAMING

Evangelista's fourth album "In Animal Tongue" was released in September this year by Constellation Records. Evangelista is Carla Bozulich (ex-Geraldine Fibbers) who is journeying further into the exploration of cabaret music and improvisation with the help of her unique, expressionist, visceral, incantatory vocals with a little list of exceptional back-up musicians, among others Xiu Xiu's drummer Ches Smith and multi-instrumentist Shahzad Ismaily. Intense listening experience as always with la Bozulich and you can stream the whole thing below.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Ane Brun - It All Starts with One (2011) REVIEW

Fresh out from collaborations as backing vocalist for Ani DiFranco and Peter Gabriel (she took Kate Bush's place on the re-interpretation of "Don't Give Up" on Gabriel's last album "New Blood"), Norwegian born, Sweden-based Ane Brun came out with her fourth studio album "It All Starts with One" on her own label Balloon Ranger Recordings in September this year, three years after the goldmine "Changing of the Seasons". Ane Brun is indeed no newbie, she is already a huge star in Norway and Sweden for half a decade, besides those four studio albums, Ane Brun released two compilations and two, yes two, live albums. "It All Starts with One" could very be a prophetic title, she just need one album to make her international breakthrough and this album could definitely be the one.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Snowman - Absence (2011) REVIEW

Snowman seems a somewhat banal bandname at first look, it is not if like these guys you are coming from Perth, Australia where snow is as rare as blue sky above Brussels, not that there is a band called Blue Sky around here, not that I know of. "Absence" is the band third album and an ironic title if there is one, Snowman disbanded soon after completing the album and it's a spooking shame. Indeed this seminal band as evolved from a cacophonous post-psychobilly guitar band with colossal drums and hellish screaming vocals on their first and eponymous album (2006) to a most sophisticated brand of Industrial music meets Liars meets The Bad Seeds with more texture, sound layers and some melodies on their sophomore 2008 album "The Horse, The Rat and The Swan". This one is an excellent piece of a record but it still remains a transitional effort to what "Absence" will become.

TV Ghost - Mass Dream (2011) REVIEW

Honestly, I've been a bit lazy lately, I'm late, sure, so I go with the best of them, in my humble opinion of course, and "Mass Dream" by the four guys from Lafayette, Indiana of all places TV Ghost is among them. The band took their name from the phenomenon of analog television frequency disturbances, and disturbed they definitely sound, mostly the insanely demented frontman Tim Gick, whose vocals stand somewhere between some psychotic Echo and The Bunnymen's Ian McCullough, 16 Horsepower/Woven Hand's David Eugene Edwards or Gun Club's Jeffrey Lee Pierce and The Cramps' late Lux Interior while some very upfront backing vocals are sometimes close to earlier Certain General. The music is harder to reference, one could think of The Scientists and The Cramps, some Pere Ubu, some Nations of Ulysses, even some The Birthday Party while sounding like none of them. The shrewd reader can already notice that their main influences are mainly rooted in the Post-Punk idiom of the eighties performed with the energy of hardcore and a tinge of Gothic to add some darkness to it all.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

In The Country - Kungen VIDEO

Morten Qvenild is Susanna's The Magical Orchestra by himself and he has his own combo, a jazz trio, but is it jazz?, piano, double bass and drums, In The Country, with additional musicians (a.o. Marc Ribot) here and there. They already released four albums, the last one "Sounds and Sights" being double and with a DVD, which was released June 2011 via Rune Grammofon.
A jazz band who makes a video is not a common thing so here it is for your eyes and ears with the title "Kungen" from the album "Whiteout" released in 2009.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Hedvig Mollestad Trio - Ashes + Gun & The E-Kids AUDIO

From Norway, improv power rock two third ladies trio Hedvig Mollestad Trio with Ellen Brekken on electric and acoustic bass and Ivar Loe Bjørnstad on the drums, guitarist and leader is Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen, got their debut album "Shoot!" out since September 23rd via Rune Grammofon. The album is completely instrumental apart from the distant shouting in a Melvins cover. "Shoot!" is more song structured than other guitar led trios such as Bushman´s Revenge or Scorch Trio.
With the amount of ladies recording albums and performing concerts in Norway, I bet gender equity is just common sense over there.
Whatever, ladies and gentlemen, you can stream two tracks from the album below.

Ashes by Hedvig Mollestad Trio

Gun & The E-Kid by Hedvig Mollestad Trio

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fire! with Jim O´Rourke - Unreleased? ALBUM STREAMING

The ubiquitous Swedish sax player Mats Gustafsson recorded a second album with his band Fire! with bassist  Johan Berthling and drummer Andreas Werliin on Rune Grammofon. This time they are join by Jim O'Rourke for some textured dark crawling psychedelia. The album is called "Unreleased?" although it was already released in May 2011. Despite Mats Gustafsson's presence, this is no jazz or free jazz or improvised music per se, this is closer to some krautrock jam fronted by a saxophone, the sound is dirty and menacing : dark krautrock? Whatever, an intriguing and fascinating set.
You can spook the entire album down here.

Friday, June 3, 2011

The Men - ( ) + Bataille AUDIO

Sludgy kraut post-punk New York-based band The Men offered their debut album "Leave Home" May 24th via Sacred Bones Records and you can spook two cuts from the album down here. Sheer energy don't-give-a-fuck in your face electric burst with Suicide influences. If that post-punk revival offers this kinda gem, we want more! At least, I want more.

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Via Stereogum

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Beige - Folds + Silver Writing + In Kind AUDIO

Credit: Natasha Ryan via Stereogum

Spookrijder is a sucker for psychedelic music, this is no secret, and when there's a new good band coming around, it's eargasm. Please check out Brooklyn trio Beige, not yet signed, but it won't last long, and their moody sonic soundscapes with sometimes some Krautrock 'motorik' and mostly hazy floating layers of keys, guitars and heavy drum beats. It's all very slow and crawling around your ears. Please spook three tracks down there. You can find these ones and some more on their MySpace page.


Silver Writing

In Kind

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Antlers - Burst Apart (2011) REVIEW

2009 was one of my life most fucked up years, another one was 2002, the first one was undoubtedly 1967. Nevermind both latter years. In 2009, even music was almost completely non-existent in my life. That godforsaken year, I was feeling lower than a dog, filthier than scum, I just wanted to cut myself deep to feel physical instead of mental pain, and eventually watch myself bleed to see if I was still alive. Needless to say, I was not feeling very well. August 18th, 2009, The Antlers issued "Hospice" and I was lucky enough to stumble upon it : I had found my bedside record. That album offered me some punctual and welcome relief. Part of its efficiency lay in the incredible sadness pouring out of this album, but I believe the main part of its soothing effect on my tormented stupidity was in its artistic and aesthetic beauty, besides the high-pitched electronic noise which had the odd effect of cleansing my overcharged brainy(banana)waves. In some way, the eventual spookie reader can already understand that The Antlers are rather special to me, at least that particular album.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues (2011) REVIEW

"Helplessness Blues" is Fleet Foxes' second album and it will launch the band in orbit for many years to come, this is Spookrijder's prophecy. There is nothing divinatory in that statement, history is repeating, you just need to know some bits and pieces of it and assemble them together to form some kinda map. Fleet Foxes self-titled and in all the meanings of the word successful debut album has already elevated the band at the summit of independent music in 2008, "Helplessness Blues" being its extension and its formal improvement, it's more than logical it will touch a wider audience and... cross over to the big one. Think about Coldplay's first album "Parachutes" in 2000 followed two years later by "A Rush of Blood to the Head" or take another, and older, example, Dire Straits' self-titled debut album in 1978 followed a year later by "Communiqué" : keep the formula, polish the edges and develop it further. Said like that, it seems easy, actually, I don't know, for Fleet Foxes' frontman Robin Pecknold, it wasn't.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Other Lives - Tamer Animals ALBUM STREAMING

American indie folk/rock Other Lives will see their forthcoming album entitled "Tamer Animals" released May 27th via TBD Records/PIAS. Actually, this will be their third record, their very first album "Flight of the Flynns" in 2006 was released under the name Kunek. Whatever. I listened to "Tamer Animals" once and I'm pretty enthralled by it : the songs, the arrangement, the production, the very lush acoustic orchestration, very evocative and cinematic, big skies spaghetti western , heroism and melancholy, an epic record.

The album is streaming down here, be my spook.

Tamer Animals by Other Lives

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Sea Oleena - Sleeplessness ALBUM STREAMING

Sea Oleena is Canadian Charlotte Loseth and "Sleeplessness" is her third EP after "Smudges" and a self-titled one, both issued last year. The vocals are somewhat close to a dreamier less sullen girly Swedish Stina Nordenstam but the musical accompaniment is harder to pinpoint : ethereal dream folk which sounds like hearing some girl singing in a half awake, half asleep state of consciousness. Besides the very nice songs, the sound mix done by Charlotte's brother Luke aka Felix Green serves the atmosphere of each song perfectly, with found sounds, field recordings and other unfathomable sources.

Take a listen to this last EP down here, the album is available for download on a name your price basis on Bandcamp. Both previous EPs can be streamed and bought over there too.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Contemporary Noise Sextet - Ghostwriter's Joke AUDIO

Some contemporary jazz from Poland, yes folks! Poland is not too often put on the world map of jazz despite at least two extraordinary composers and instrumentalists : the late pianist Krzysztof Komeda and trumpeter Tomasz Stańko. Krzysztof Komeda (1931-1969) was a film music composer for some of the most legendary Roman Polanski's movies ("Rosemary’s Baby", "The Fearless Vampire Killers", "Knife in the Water" and "Cul-de-sac") but also responsible for one of the finest modern jazz masterpieces ever created in Europe and elsewhere with the album "Astigmatic" in 1966, a record that can easily be filed alongside Eric Dolphy's "Out to Lunch" or Andrew Hill's "Point of Departure", both from 1964. Tomasz Stańko is still very alive and kicking, and he is on the above mentioned "Astigmatic", but fortunately he went on further and he has recorded, he's still recording, among the finest jazz stuff around with legendary world class players like Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Reggie Workman, Tony Oxley and Cecil Taylor as well as young Polish musicians. He is also one of the main artists on the successful jazz label ECM. Another great musician to add here, he also played on "Astigmatic" by the way, is sax player Zbigniew Namysłowski.

Contemporary Noise Sextet has released their already fifth album "Ghostwriter's Joke" (is it a reference to Roman Polanski's last movie "The Ghost Writer"?) some weeks ago via Electric Eye. This is more contemporary jazz than noise but the sextet is surely not devoid of energy. The sound is at time rough, very much like a jazz band should sound, this is played live in the studio. Great musicianship, excellent solos and there are moments these guys get close, sonically more than structurally, to John Lurie's so-called fake-jazz ensemble The Lounge Lizards, indeed Contemporary Noise Sextet's delivery is not that far from punk-rock or even hardcore (the drummer Bartek Kapsa was a member of locally famous hardcore band Something Like Elvis), maybe that's where the concept of noise comes from. Take a listen to three tracks down there.

Kuba Kapsa - piano
Wojtek Jachna - trumpet
Tomek Glazik - tenor saxophone
Kamil Pater - guitar
Patryk Weclawek - bass
Bartek Kapsa - drums

Monday, May 2, 2011

Crystal Stilts - In Love With Oblivion (2011) REVIEW

"In Love With Oblivion" is Brooklyn quintet Crystal Stilts' second full-length and it's a gem. Their first LP "Alight of Night" in 2008 was already very promising but somewhat a little too claustrophobic and slightly unfinished, although all the ingredients that make Crystal Stilts a band to put aside from that huge wave of psych-garage rock bands with fuzzy guitars and keys, deadpan vocals and simple rocking to-the-face rhythm section were already there. Crystal Stilts made a difference through the focus, tightness, cohesiveness and great talent for hooks in their ensemble playing, the arrangement, the songwriting and the melodies. This sophomore record is no departure from their multi-influenced hazy rock'n roll aesthetics, they just refined their work, added more texture, deepened and expansed the sound mixing, enriched their melodies. A little earlier, the word "arrangement" was mentioned and what really set Crystal Stilts apart from other so-called garage bands, and even from many other rock combos, holds in the careful juxtaposition and organization of all the instruments in the sound spectrum. That this album still retains all the spontaneity and dirtiness of a rock'n roll band actually rehearsing in a garage is all the more a tour-de-force. "In Love With Oblivion" is one of the only dirty fuzzy hazy psych-garage rock albums which you can greatly enjoy listening to with headphones. All the instruments are at the same time pretty clear in the mix, except for the voice which is the most loaded with reverbs and seems to appear out of nowhere, or out of your own subconscious, the instruments are also stuck together like atoms to form one tight molecule that is Crystal Stilts. Contrary to many other relatively similar bands whose very laidback interplaying make them look like they don't really care, Crystal Stilts clearly cares, the only other example that comes to mind which shares a similar approach, careful, cohesive and spontaneous in short, is Canadian band Women and their last year luminous album "Public Strain", another multi-influenced band with a strong personality, but with very different but effective results.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

16 Mini Reviews for April 2011

King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, Hauschka, Timber Timbre, Moon Duo,
Cass McCombs, Zita Swoon Group, Big K.R.I.T., Paul Simon,
Dengue Fever, Dirty Beaches, Bill Callahan, The Weeknd,
A Lull, Low, Tim Hecker and Hoquets

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Honey Ear Trio - Steampunk Serenade ALBUM STREAMING

"Steampunk Serenade" is the debut album for this jazz combo Honey Ear Trio with Erik Lawrence on Saxophones, Rene Hart on Acoustic Bass and Electronics/Looping, Allison Miller on Drums and Percussion. Very souple, elastic and warm interplaying between these three guys who played alongside artists as diverse as Sonny Sharrock, Levon Helm, Marty Ehrlich, Don Braden, James Hunter, Allen Toussaint, Ani DiFranco, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Martin Medeski and Wood, Bilal, Bob Dylan, Brandi Carlile, Branford Marsalis, to name only some and that's already a list. Stream the album below, there's also a cover of "Over The Rainbow", but please don't stop to that track only. The album has already been issued by Foxhaven Records.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Part Two ALBUM STREAMING + VIDEO

Maybe beastie but also sweetie, the Beastie Boys' eighth album "Hot Sauce Committee Part Two" is streaming on their Soundcloud page a week before the official release May 3rd by Capitol. Oh spook, that's a major label! So unswag! Whatever. For the fun, because it's fun, watch the video "Fight For Your Right - Revisited" as introduction with a spooking all-stars cast which works as a who's who. Then please stream the album further below.

Hot Sauce Committee Part Two by Beastie Boys

CunninLynguists - Oneirology ALBUM STREAMING

American hip hop outfit CunninLynguists issued their fifth album "Oneirology", which means study of dreams, and you can stream the whole album down here via the band's Bandcamp page. It features guest appearances from Big K.R.I.T., Freddie Gibbs and Tonedeff. Concerning Big K.R.I.T., his awesome album "Return Of 4Eva" is still downloadable for free through the album web page.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Deaf Center - Owl Splinters (2011) REVIEW

Norway again.
Deaf Center is a duo comprised of Erik Skodvin (cello) and Otto Totland (piano), "Owl Splinters" is their second full album, six years after the Lynch/Badalamenti influenced and already excellent "Pale Ravine". Both albums, and their very first EP "Neon City" in 2004, are issued by Type, a worth checking record label. Deaf Center's members are quite busy in their own right, mostly Erik Skodvin who is, besides his solo musical projects, promoting other artists through his own label Miasmah. Debut "Pale Ravine" already set the duo apart from other artists who are bridging the gap between atmospheric electronic music and modern classical coloured with dark textured orchestration. "Inspired by old silent 8mm film reels, the historical architecture around them and the call of the alluring Norwegian landscape, the duo set out armed with microphones to record whatever they could to capture these feelings. Sounds from battered old records, cash registers, broken machines and a half-dead piano were all blended into the mix to add a warm, homely depth to the recordings." (1) This description comes from the liner note for "Pale Ravine" on the publisher company itself but it gives a very accurate idea of what there is to listen to on that debut and what sets this duo apart, the last few words actually sum it all "a warm, homely depth to the recordings." Too often, atmospheric electronic music, or ambient, possesses unearthly quite alienated aesthetics, it's like music made out of thin air, or thick air concerning so-called dark ambient pioneered by Thomas Köner, to name just one, and explored further by plenty other artists, among them Norwegian Deathprod, aka Helge Sten, and audio-virus contaminator for the mighty Supersilent. In my ears, ambient music, as brilliantly created and multilayered it can be, always sounds quite hollow, a bit like computer-animated films where characters and landscapes look almost transparent, like made out of glass. Even if lesser and lesser so, same for ambient music.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Your gHost AUDIO

Ancient Mixtape from a radio show already called Spookrijder your gHost was producing years ago.

This is a blindtest too. Let's play and name the bands/artists.
When there will be at least five good answers, this thing will be available for download.
Yeah, that's the spooking prize!

Vol1SpookrijderTaGueuleMix by Spookrijder

Friday, April 22, 2011

Shearwater - The Island Arc ALBUM STREAMING

On January 15, 2011, Texan orchestral pop band Shearwater presented the three albums of their thematically-linked 'Island Arc' Trilogy - "Palo Santo" (2006), "Rook" (2008), and "The Golden Archipelago" (2010) - in a sold-out, 3-hour epic concert with longtime friends and collaborators at Austin's Central Presbyterian Church. This album consists of excerpts from that concert. The album is streaming below and you can buy it at Shearwater's Bandcamp page.

Flaming Lips - Gummy Skull AUDIO

April 20th, "The Flaming Lips released new music on a USB flash drive inside a seven pound skull made of edible gummy gook (the kind used for gummy bears and worms, etc) – though only five were for sale, personally delivered by Wayne Coyne to Norman/Oklahoma City’s Guestroom Records." Inside of each skull (see picture down below), these lucky bastards at Oklahoma City could find four brand new Flaming Lips' songs. Click here if you want to know more. You can listen to all four tracks below, but don't eat all the gum.

Drug Chart

Walk With Me

In Our Bodies, In Our Heads

Hilary's Time Machine Machine