Given how I’m spending most of my days recently, either in a job hunting fugue, or an artistic wormhole, I’ve got my head down and my attention is being absorbed by the task at hand. I need some good focus music for this, and today I present a track from one of my new go-to albums. I’ve had some of their previous albums on spin for night walking and times of contemplation, being a blend of gentle piano notes and electronic percussions, this stuff is pretty damn well suited to this kind of thing. The band is called Tangent (not to be confused with Tangents or this Tangent, both from Australia strangely enough), and they are from the Netherlands where they are seemingly busy assembling soundscapes and sonic journeys for our fortunate ears, so break out those headphones! This is off of 2018’s highly recommended album Approaching Complexity, and I especially like the whispers of voice that you hear snatches of in this song.
Unfortunately I can’t seem to embed a link to the specific song that I’d like to from this album, so I’m going to have to just put direct link to it and let you do the clicking work. What I found entertaining is that the sample at the start is the same as that in a more recent song. So let’s have a comparison of style and wonder why they both sampled the same audio snippet. I chose the John Holowach song due to its relevance to “The End” theme, and then thought I’d throw the other one in for good measure. You can download John’s album for free at that site too btw. So firstly click on his name to go the link:
Crown The Empire – Are You Coming With Me? (2016)
Can’t talk. Running!
Gap Dream – Greater Find
Ummm I’m just going to leave this here:
“The idea for this part of the story started on a day when there was really heavy rain hitting the roof window at my old flat. I got out my binaural mics and put my head right up by the window with the big raindrops hitting all around. They made nice individual percussive noises, with great spatial positioning, so I decided to use them to seed a piece of music.
This track is the most explicit representation of the idea of emergence in the album, because the rhythm of the track is created by the raindrops in an emergent manner – I took the audio samples, mapped the transients for the raindrop hits, and then forced the mapped points towards the nearest drumming grid positions. This meant that the random raindrops were pushed into a quantised grid, and the result was that a percussive rhythm emerged, one that I hadn’t created myself, but was the closest rhythm to that particular section of rain.
I then played the sansula over this rain rhythm, and added lots of pads and saturation layers, finally with some vocal snippets from Kathrin deBoer to complete the track. Maxime Causeret selected this track to work with, under the brief to map the emergent rhythm to an exploration of emergence in living form.”
Essentially he used rain to create the foundation of the track? How crazy is that!
Max Cooper – Order From Chaos
This song is giving me flashes of a whole bunch of different artists and it’s bugging the crap out of me, maybe a bit of a Nick Murphy crossed with Arthur Russell vibe? Yeh that’s pretty obscure… I don’t know James Vincent McMorrow but this is a pretty nice track I gotta say. Off his 2016 album, We Move.
James Vincent McMorrow – Rising Water
Thursday already? Excellent! Have some of this! The album cover has a dogs mouth on it with that weird pink/brown gum thing they do so well. Plus some teeth, fur, and a little bit of nose. Which could be an adequate way of describing this electronic track. Oh and I should probably mention this is one of the guys from Fuck Buttons, if that’s a further indication of what to expect.
Blanck Mass – Silent Treatment
This weeks ‘Tidal’ themed tune is by the ambient/electronic artist Loscil. This track has a lot more energy than his previous stuff, possibly reflective of his new album, though I can’t say for sure as I haven’t yet listened to it. I probably should. It’s…
Loscil – Red Tide