Freitag, 6. Dezember 2013
my favorite connors-record: just 100 copies of the cdr "lullaby" were distributed. people who like "portrait of a soul" will get along with this one easily, too. it's soft and sad and very, very beautiful.
Dienstag, 3. Dezember 2013
|THE LORD DOG BIRD - the trinity knot (2013)|
Montag, 2. Dezember 2013
"the album contains a long church organ solo performance and is a very difficult listen"
(discogs)if you like "cycles" by jon gibson or "church cleaners" by áine o'dwyer, it's an easy treat.
|FRANCO BATTIATO - m.elle le "gladiator" (1975)|
Sonntag, 1. Dezember 2013
"on ending/returning smith has recorded the same set of songs first as smith and then as ulaan khol. ending is a quiet, minimal record while returning is a blown-out, maximal record."
|STEVEN R. SMITH - ending/returning (2013)|
|RICHARD MOULT - aonaran (2013)|
strik & michael tanner.
one highlight of 2013.
Dienstag, 26. November 2013
info via circle into squares: "Annie Lewandowski comes from Minnesota, a place full of things that are long and longer: church services, dinner tables, and worry lines, to name a few. Somebody said there are ten thousand lakes there; if that’s true, each of them shows up in some little way in Annie’s songs. She writes under the name powerdove, which began as a band of one in California in 2007. A document of this brief solo era can be found on her EP Live from the Maybeck House (s/r, 2010). Before long, powerdove evolved into three; that trio (with Alex Vittum, percussion, and Jason Hoopes, bass) recorded Be Mine in 2009 (Circle into Square, 2010).
On her new album, Do you Burn? (March, 2013), many of the songs were written along the scuzzy River Itchen in Hampshire, England, where Annie played concerts and went on the occasional European tour with Curtis McKinney, a laptop composer who uses Supercollider. After this year spent down by the sea, she returned to the US, settling in upstate New York and writing the rest of the material on the new album. When it came time to record, Annie enlisted the help of an old California friend, John Dieterich (Deerhoof), and a new French one, Thomas Bonvalet (L’Ocelle Mare). Three great improvisers, they worked fast. The result lies somewhere near the Marble Index, David Sylvian, Diane Cluck, and the Curtains (of which Annie is a former member). The roughness and fluidity of these tracks owe to their origin in mostly live takes, which have also lent a certain intimacy to every sound: these are little songs to love, but there is also great mystery here, and even menace."
|POWERDOVE - do you burn? (2013)|
Dienstag, 19. November 2013
Freitag, 15. November 2013
the bad news first: the EHSAN SADIGH TRIO is history.
the good news is that the band is now a quartet. the trio released an album entitled "diminished" in summer 2013. one member left the band after the recordings, two new members were recruited and here they go in future: QUARTET DIMINISHED. difficult to say what this line-up will forge in days to come, but i read that the fab four from iran were touring between vienna, budapest and bratislava recently, so there's a good chance the new line-up will be a union de force sometime soon. anyway, one eye back to the past, to the record called "diminished". it's a hermes-product, which is almost always a warrant for quality music from the evil axis. i don't want to see this jewel here to be buried under the dust trap that "world music" is nor to be labeled as stinking "jazz". it is way more: it's fresh experimental art without all those tars, setars, kemanchehs or anything one would put down the region for because of one's own biases. give it a chance or two. well done, boys. i have good faith in you as a quartet, too.
|EHSAN SADIGH TRIO - diminished (2013)|