An Aptly Titled Band Name

I am going to kick off this week with something a bit different. I would describe this as if Hammock decided to go metal. There is a real atmosphere to the songs, they’re moody, dense numbers, yet the music knows how to soar at times. The vocals might turn you off, but if you can look past them, then I’m sure you will find something to like in this. I keep hearing positive things about this album, and after a few spins, feel like I want to listen to it a lot more inorder to catch all the nuances. Seems like an album for the darkness. Sadness is from Illinois and have been making music since 2014. I might just have to go back for some of their earlier stuff…

Sadness – In The Distant Travels

The Optimum

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.

Tangents – Awaken

Round Transparent Cup Teaspoon

Another desk title hits the mark! So I’ve given this song a few listens over the past few days and I’m really liking it. Very atmospheric instrumental stuff, brings to mind Jakob, Hammock, If These Trees Could Talk and a bit of Sembler Deah. I’ve had it on as background music so haven’t given it the attention it deserves, but I intend to, and hope you will. Don’t be fooled by the name, these guys are from Spain and this song is off their upcoming album Solstice.

Astralia – Detachment

Well That’s Confusing AF

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

Something To ‘Tide’ You Over…

Oh yeah. I punned it. In compensation, here is this weeks ‘tide’ tune, a minimal old school number by Talk Talk. This is off the 1991 album Laughing Stock which generally makes for a pretty nice evening listen. Definitely worthy of a sipping wine and low light. Kinda gentle jazz. This song has the lyrics “And still to rise beyond the tide”. Tide…

Talk Talk – Taphead

Well They Do Seem Certain

Here you go chap. An ambient song with an unarguable tie to ‘Tide’. This is the last track off ASC‘s 2014 album, Truth Be Told. This is mellow stuff but full of sounds and noises and mischievous pieces of familiarity in there. Definitely a headphone listen. Think Circular blended with The Flashbulb, with just a splash of Loscil for good measure.

ASC – The Certainty Of Tides