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
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
I’m disappointed to learn (a bit late to the party) that Agalloch has disbanded. There goes yet another of my formative bands, they had some stellar albums in their career and some of the most epic songs. My new theme is “The End” (all the more befitting with Agalloch now gone) and will run for the next 4-5 weeks. Just to forewarn you, as of the beginning of April I won’t be posting with such regularity. I’m changing lifestyle, going travelling, and so don’t know if or when I will have the time to post. I’d still like to put up music when I can, to keep the soundtrack of my life going, and throw mystery bands at you. Fingers crossed. BTW Look beyond the vocal style in this track and listen to the surrounding music, the lyrics, don’t let the vocal growls etc put you off.
Agalloch – In The Shadow Of Our Pale Companion
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
Hey these guys have a new album out soon, Chalice Hymnal. They do a pretty cool style of Instrumental/Psychedelic with touches of orientalism and 60s/70s vibes. It’s diverse and cool. Some other guy had this to say about the new album:
This record is by turns calming and ambient (“Rebecca”), cerebral and spectral, (“The Moth & the Flame”), meditative and noir cinematic (“After the Funeral”), gnarly, mathy, and kraut rock-tastic (“Pelham”), plus a whole bunch in between. The sounds of a bunch of musicians stretching their limbs and reaching past the horizon. (link)
Grails – Deep Snow II
Well maybe we didn’t blow it up, but these guys finally bumped up the quality of their 1999 video to Nice Day For An Earthquake. It always frustrated me that there wasn’t a higher res version of this video anywhere on the internets. Apparently it bugged the band too because they finally did something about it… BUT it kinda weirds me out. They reanimated over the top of the original which certainly adds something else to it, but I also feel like it’s lost something in the process. Iff you didn’t know better, you might think it’s just a mediocre video. I recommend watching the (yes low-res) original for comparison, as the camera work was pretty clever.
Jakob – Nice Day For An Earthquake