Archive for September, 2012

Seventyfifth Show Playlist – 25th September 2012 – www.koop.org

PLAY ORDER ARTIST SONG TITLE ALBUM TITLE TIME LABEL COUNTRY YEAR
1 Gifts From Enola Weightless Thought From Fathoms 5.42 Mylene Sheath USA 2009
2 Loscil Hastings Sunrise Sketches From New Brighton 6.51 Kranky Records Canada 2012
3 The American Dollar Faces In The Haze (Ambient) Ambient Three 4.44 Self Released USA 2012
4 Eversham Immortal Lies In Mortal Bodies Eversham 5.02 Self Released Australia 2012
5 EUS Postperdida Los Otros 4.27 Self Released Costa Rica 2012
6 Anklebiter Illegal In February Raintree 4.37 Tympanik Records USA 2012
7 Matthew Collings & Dag Rosenqvist Wonderland Part One Wonderland 2.33 Hibernate Recordings Scotland/Sweden 2012
8 La Gran Perdida de Energia Balsa La Gran Perdida de Energia 3.56 Fluttery Records Argentina 2012
9 La Gran Perdida de Energia De Los Que Viven Bajo el Agua La Gran Perdida de Energia 6.09 Fluttery Records Argentina 2012

RECORD OF THE WEEK 

La Gran Perdida de Energia – La Gran Perdida de Energia

 

Argentinian instrumental post-rock band, La Gran Perdida de Energia have just released their debut s/t album on Fluttery Records. You know, Fluttery seem to have a knack of releasing great albums. This album is no exception, I instantly liked this album because it wasn’t straightforward and melodic like a lot of post-rock albums are. There is a touch of psychedelia/prog throughout the album, the opening track ‘El Mes Del Viento’ is testament to that and sets the tone for the rest of the album. ‘Balsa’ starts melodic then has a lull in the middle of the song, its a cleverly crafted song and is a real stand out track for me. But I would have to say that I found this album a breath of fresh air and a really interesting listen. There are a lot of  musical passages that have intricacies in sound that are missing on so many albums in this genre. These guys seem to have captured the spirit of post-rock with this release. It is good to know that this genre is alive and well in Beunos Aires.

Go check it out, your ears will love it.

 

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Seventyfourth Show Playlist – 18th September 2012 – www.koop.org

PLAY ORDER ARTIST SONG TITLE ALBUM TITLE TIME LABEL COUNTRY YEAR
1 Caspian Further Up You Are The Conductor 4.27 Mylene Sheath Records USA 2010
2 Wil Bolton Ulica Grodzka Amber Studies 5.08 Rural Colours England 2012
3 The Calm Blue Sea Mary Ann Nichols Arrivals & Departures 6.16 Modern Outsider USA 2012
4 Wolf Maps Landforms Landforms 3.57 Future Sequence England 2012
5 Arms Of Tripoli Cliff Dwellings All The Fallen Embers 4.41 Neuform Records USA 2012
6 Gilded Cluttered Room Terrane 4.37 Hidden Shoal Records Australia 2012
7 Oathless Summer Haze EP 4.57 Self Released England 2012
8 Slow Dancing Society I’ll See You In Time Laterna Magica 5.25 Hidden Shoal Records USA 2012
9 Slow Dancing Society Pieces Of Your Presence Laterna Magica 2.46 Hidden Shoal Records USA 2012

RECORD OF THE WEEK 

Slow Dancing Society – Laterna Magica

Slow Dancing Society has just released Laterna Magica, the fifth Slow Dancing Society album released on, Australian based,  Hidden Shoal records. This is ambient music of the very highest quality, and demonstrates all that is good with the genre and in particular how SDS creates the stunning soundscapes, and intricate melodies that go to make an ambient album interesting and endearing. I have been a fan of SDS for a few years now and this album just cements that support for him. 10 tracks are spread over 50minutes. I played the single off this album, ‘I’ll leave A Light On’, on my show the week it dropped into my email. That track has a beautiful sombre piano intro, then a more lively guitar with amazing soundscapes in the background. This album is not single soundscape music with a slight change in the ambience, oh no, this has all ranges of sounds and textures. It has quiet tranquil moments and also louder moments. I particularly like the electronic sounds that are created and this with the piano, guitar are all woven into the tracks. The treated sound of the piano is particularly pleasing to me on a few of the tracks.

Slow Dancing Society writes and performs great albums and I didn’t expect it to be any different with this release. And you know, it wasn’t. This is another to notch release from SDS and Hidden Shoal.

Biography (from Hidden Shoal website)

Slow Dancing Society is Washington based musician/producer and nostalgist extraordinaire, Drew Sullivan. If ever there was an artist who truly expressed themselves in a way that defies everything music and art expects, and at times demands, then Slow Dancing Society would be that artist. With influences ranging from classic artists such as Brian Eno, Def Leppard, Tears For Fears, The Cure, Eddie Money, Pink Floyd, Prince, Spandeau Ballet and U2 to contemporary artists like Manual, Charles Webster, Explosions In The Sky, Sigur Rós, Hammock, Red House Painters and My Morning Jacket, one might begin to understand what they are in for when they hear something coming from Slow Dancing Society.

At times there is a pure abandonment of structure, continuity, consistancy and most importantly, hipness. If one were to compare the music of Slow Dancing Society to anything, it would be our memories and our past. Which is probably why one will experience such a sense of nostalgia and an overall coloring of sentimental values when they listen to the music. One cannot refute the notions that life is abstract, doesn’t always make sense, isn’t always beautiful (though at times the contrary) and never what it seems. So why then does the music have to be?

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Seventythird Show Playlist – 11th September 2012 – www.koop.org

PLAY ORDER ARTIST SONG TITLE ALBUM TITLE TIME LABEL COUNTRY YEAR
1 Earth Rise To Glory The Bees Made Honey In The Lions Skull 5.47 Southern Lord USA 2008
2 Josh Varnedore Angled Stars Elongate Bodies Hawk Moon Records III 3.28 Hawk Moon Records USA 2012
3 Time Keeper Walk In Time Solitude 4.19 Kasuari Records Vietnam 2012
4 The Echelon Effect Outer Marker Field Recordings 3.45 Self Released England 2012
5 No Grave Like The Sea There Is A Good Reason To Be Worried Rustbelt EP 5.17 Self Released USA 2012
6 The Metaphor Rebirth Solitude 5.26 Kasuari Records Malaysia 2012
7 The Orchid Don’t Be Afraid: We’ll Be ALone Together Beyond The Vast, Endless Sea 5.44 Liberty Fuse Records USA 2012
8 The Orchid A Fading Memory Of A Better Time And Place Beyond The Vast, Endless Sea 8.52 Liberty Fuse Records USA 2012

 RECORD OF THE WEEK 

The Orchid – Beyond The Vast, Endless Sea

Washington DC based band The Orchid have just released, on Liberty Fuse Records, their first full length album. Beyond The Vast, Endless Sea follows on from the debut ‘New Mexico’ EP (released 2010). This latest release comprises 7 tracks with track times ranging from ~6mins to 11mins. They describe their music as patient music, and by that they mean that it takes a bit of time in the tracks for the music to build up. I think that they summarized their sound perfectly, the music is well written, rich in melodies and lots of quiet/less quiet moments. Its a great post-rock album. For some strange reason the music is very calming, with even the crescendos only elevating to an above calm state. They always remain composed through the album, the music never gets totally out of hand. I particularly like the production of the album, it was produced in a recording studio and I think that that sometimes makes a difference between a good sound and a great sounding album. I really struggle to choose favorite tracks on albums and this is no exception, although I would note that the opener Dont Be Afraid and also the track Vernacular are excellent.

BAND MEMBERS

Jason Garber (guitar)
Jim Jones (guitar, effects)
Joao Malhinha (drums, percussion)
Clay Redding (bass, guitar)
James Wolf (violin, organ, piano, guitar)

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Seventysecond Show Playlist – 4th September 2012 – www.koop.org

PLAY ORDER ARTIST SONG TITLE ALBUM TITLE TIME LABEL COUNTRY YEAR
1 Equals False Light Equals 3.50 Self Released USA 2011
2 Daze Of Heaven Oh Heaven! Where Hast Thou Gone Daze Of Heaven 5.24 Self Released USA 2012
3 My Education City Woman Sunrise 6.24 Strange Attractors Audio House USA 2009
4 Play By Numbers Dancers Bracket Tournament 2.11 Self Released USA 2011
5 My Empty Phantom Red Giants Red Giants 4.22 Self Released USA 2012
6 My Empty Phantom Don’t Chase The Owl Red Giants 4.45 Self Released USA 2012
7 Fires Were Shot Go On And Carried Out Awakened By A Lonely Feud 3.51 Self Released USA 2011
8 The Calm Blue Sea The Rivers That Run Beneath This City The Calm Blue Sea 9.44 Modern Outsider USA 2011

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