blog 2009/08/18 - The aching fingers should never be placed in the ears!
Hello! I wanted to get this out sooner, but my life is incredibly busy, so they fall as they may.
I was happy to get a message from Ana Pettinari, whose stirring sone "El ciclo" was featured in the 2009/08/05 edition here. I loved loved loved the song (if you haven't listened to it a million times, do so now!) but didn't understand the words.
She is from Argentina, and of the song she writes a concise explanation: "It talks about some feelings or ideas that come over and over, taking away the calm."
And now, on to the new music...
Arms - Kids Aflame: Arms is intelligently written and delightfully stripped down in it's execution. The core aspects of a good pop song are refined, polished, and then warbled for good measure. No attempts are made to overproduce, just to let the craft speak for itself.
Basement Jaxx - Get Me Off (Elected 2009 Remix): This will get noted as probably the most interesting dubstep remix I have ever heard. It incorporates Jaxx samples from a few places, and weaves them almost like a megamix, but crafting something whole and intriguing. This Elected person is snazzy. I want more.
Boat Beam - The Rain Pauly: From the 2009 album "Puzzles Shapes", this catchy and quaint number is an understated pleaser.
Copeland - The Grey Man: Sitting in that somewhat vague post-Coldplay space, Copeland occupies a similar space that Soundgarden's Black Hole Sun did in the early 90s: If you have a THIS shaped whole inside you, you will love it dearly. If not, you might just not be able to let yourself fall for emo-tinged crooning.
Crush Buildings - Ghoul Pounds: This one is just beautiful. Intricate percussion comes from a few sources and helps weaves a hypnotic click-track for the reaching and understated vocals that really pull everything together. Is that flute on there, too? Wow and apparently these people are from Ottawa. Top notch.
Dom & Black Sun Empire - Sparta: I just couldn't resist. I am loving Dom's latest album Through The Looking Glass and what do I choose? Some of the cheesier techstep. But oh forgive me, for the sheer necessity of meme propagation was too great. Pour some out for Sparta. And get the 2007 Dom album, it’s super fun.
Elliott Brood - Write It All Down For You: A rollicking beer-pounder from the album Mountain Meadows.
Fourcolor - Fount: Digging back to 2004, this is from the gorgeous release Water Mirror. Filled with the stripped-down mellowness that showcases the best of the ambient movements in the IDM world.http://www.12k.com/fourcolor.html
Late of the Pier - Bathroom Gurgle (Breakbot Remix): I was a bit shocked to hear how true to the original this Breakbot remix is, especially considering their other staggeringly awesome reworks. But all the right tweaks are in all the right places, equaling a big awesome rocking track.
Lioness - Harder They Fall: This track from their self-titled album takes heavy cues from The Gossip, but uses the inspiration to good effect.
Marina & The Diamonds - Obsessions: I am in love with this CD. It sounds like something written by Regina Spektor, sung by Kate Nash, and with confidence boosting drugs provided by Amanda Palmer. This is almost a guilty obsession because you just know it will blow-up once it is discovered and be bought up for some cell-phone commercial. Enjoy it while you can!
Mystery Jets - Young Love (Shoes Mix): The twirling synth here is immediately addictive, followed by the sheer youthful lust of the song. It's like a 1980s teen flick and the near stalkerish obsessions with fleeting love butterflies. And as is par for the course, The Shoes turn in a rock'n'roll remix that hits all the right spots.
Now Now Every Children - Cars: My new favourite single of the moment. Their album Cars is recommended for fans of The Bird & The Bee, The Blow and Rural Alberta Advantage.
Passion Pit - The Reeling (Sammy Bananas' Big Choon Mix): Sammy Bananas usually goes big room, but here he flips it up and goes all grinning-happy on us and gives us this long-form blissout rendering of Passion Pit goodness. Thanks, Sammy!
Sepalot - Go Get It (LAZRtag Remix): A solid remix effort, but not much else to say here. Just good.
Shad K - I Get Down: From his first album "When This Is Over", this is just to remind us all that Shad K is damn good and has been consistently top-drawer Canadian hiphop.
THIS WEEK'S TRACKS
Arms - Kids Aflame
Basement Jaxx - Get Me Off (Elected 2009 Remix)
Boat Beam - The Rain Pauly
Copeland - The Grey Man
Crush Buildings - Ghoul Pounds
Dom & Black Sun Empire - Sparta
Elliott Brood - Write It All Down For You
Fourcolor - Fount
Late of the Pier - Bathroom Gurgle (Breakbot Remix)
Lioness - Harder They Fall
Marina & The Diamonds - Obsessions
Mystery Jets - Young Love (Shoes Mix)
Now Now Every Children - Cars
Passion Pit - The Reeling (Sammy Bananas' Big Choon Mix)
Sepalot - Go Get It (LAZRtag Remix)
Shad K - I Get Down
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