Friday, 22 June 2018

Les Garçons De Première - Caprice En Couleurs

Begone Dull Care is often mentioned as being the weakest of the Junior Boys' five albums. Right now, listening to it loud and alone late on a Saturday night, it - and The Animator in particular - sounds magnificent.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Records I Forgot I Owned

#3 Jello - Voile

Okay, so it's not so much forgotten as overlooked, which is a shame as this is a sublime piece of electronica from Darrel Fitton, AKA Bola.

It still has all the hallmarks of classic early Bola albums Soup and Fyuti (it was released shortly after the latter), but has a more organic and eclectic feel, including a couple of tracks based around piano melodies. In fact, there's also a 12" he released around the same time featuring a stunning Autechre remix of album highlight, Neph.

Monday, 23 April 2018

The New Brian Eno and Kevin Shields 12"

This is incredible.

One of this year's record store day purchases is the 12" by Brian Eno and Kevin Shields. 2 tracks - 'The Weight of History' and 'Only Once Away My Don't - totalling 18 minutes.

It's almost ambient, but there's such a throbbing power, intensity and force coming out of the tracks that my turntable can barely contain the sound. It is, to use a phrase of Julian Cope's, Ambient Metal.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Photographing Reflective Sleeves Can Be A Challenge

... So I thought I'd take a selfie.
The new Cavern of Anti-Matter album is another great collection of analogue synths, motorik beats, gurgles and squelches.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

The Pale Fountains - Pacific Street

Early and often overlooked brilliance from Michael Head. Released in 1984 and out of step for its time, the album channels the spirit of Arthur Lee and Burt Bacharach and is topped off by the trumpet playing of Andy Diagram.

Favourite track today: Unless

Sunday, 11 February 2018

FSOL- ISDN. The Longest Record I Own

Not including locked groove records, I think this, the original pressing of ISDN, is the longest single piece of vinyl I own. It's quiet, but still sounds pretty good.
Side 1: 38:37
Side 2: 36:20

I know there's some classical music that is longer, but I wonder how much non-classical music packs this much onto one disc.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

My First New Album of 2018 is...

The Thread That Keeps Us, by Calexico. Deluxe edition double vinyl with a pack of 10 Calexico postcards that, let's be honest, I'm never going to send to anyone am I?

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Scott O)))

Relaxing on a Saturday morning to Soused, the baroque doom metal album by Scott Walker and Sun O))) . It also might well be his most accessible album for 30 years.

The best way to review it is by taking the words from the "Album Moods" section from Allmusic:
Austere     Cerebral     Cold     Harsh    Indulgent   
Insular     Intense    Menacing    Sprawling
Weary    Meandering    Tense/Anxious
Anguished/Distraught  Atmospheric     Complex 
Dramatic     Gentle       Uncompromising

Now Playing: Fridge - Ceephax

I'm up to F in the "listen to all my albums" challenge.
The 1997 debut album by Fridge, on white vinyl. Still sounding great.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

2018 Re-view

I've loved some of these releases from 2017.

Favourites? It will change I'm sure, but particular mention should go to the following:
Four Tet - New Energy
Jane Weaver - Modern Kosmology
LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
Michael Head and the Red Elastic Band - Adiós Señor Pussycat
First Swords - Compassion
Warm Digits - Wireless World
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal Banana
The XX - I See You