Archive for April, 2013

One Hundred and Fourteenth Show Playlist – 23rd April 2013

PLAY ORDER ARTIST SONG TITLE ALBUM TITLE TIME LABEL COUNTRY YEAR
1 Slow Clinic Hay Tanja, It Looks Like We’re Floating Single 10.20 Self Released England 2013
2 Caught In the Wake Forever Better Left Forgotten Cadder Falls 7.20 Audio Gourmet Scotland 2013
3 Sey Hollo Crowds AT The End Of the World Kombinat 11.06 Oxide Tones Sweden 2013
4 North Atlantic Drift Monuments Monuments 7.15 Sound In Silence Canada 2013
5 Xander Harris Red Sky Sprawl The New Dark Age Of Love 5.02 Not Not Fun Records USA 2013
6 Masaki Hosotani In One Color Breakfast AT The Twilight 5.07 Oxide Tones Japan 2013
7 I Am Waiting For You Last Summer Away From Here Edge Party 5.29 Self Released Russia 2013
8 Signal Hill Imaginary Friend #2 Chase The Ghost 7.24 Sun Sky Sea Productions USA 2013
9 Inuit We Don’t Go There In Winter At One Time, For A Time 6.27 Good Grief Records Scotland 2013
10 Orbit Over Luna Genbaku Dome Hiroshima/Miyajima 4.20 Self Released Canada 2013
11 Orbit Over Luna Hiroden Hope Hiroshima/Miyajima 4.53 Self Released Canada 2013

Record Of The Week

Orbit Over Luna – Hiroshima/Miyajima

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This is the second installment in Orbits Over Luna’s  Japan series of EP’s. The music is influenced by a trip made to Japan. The first EP, released in 2012, sets the scene for the trip. the second EP sets the scene even further. I enjoyed the first release and this second release is as equally enjoyable, and maybe even more enjoyable than the first. Orbit Over Luna played all the instruments on the first release but this one has a few guest musicians, Andrew Tasselmeyer (The Sound Of Rescue) plays bass on Track 2 and Andy Othling (Lowercase Noises) provides guitar on track 5. There are 5 tracks coming in at just over 25 minutes in length. The music is a mixture of ambient/post-rock and is of the highest calibre. Not many artists can actually pull off this mixture of genres with great success. Orbit Over Luna seem to be able to strike a beautiful balance with the music, nice mix of soundscapes, guitars, rythmic percussion and a spattering of field recordings.

I am not sure if this is the last in the Japan series, but I do know that he has been to Europe recently so maybe there are more different sounds to come from this artists travels across the globe. I guess time will tell on that one.

About 

‘orbit over luna’ is the musical persona of Shannon Penner, a multi-instrumentalist, composer, sound designer and animator in Toronto, Ontario.

Utilizing ambient guitar, unique percussion, world instruments and location recordings, he strives to create moods and atmospheres that are distinctive and original.

While Orbit Over Luna’s sound is primarily in the ambient/post-rock vein there is woven throughout threads of Asian world influences. It has been described as organic downtempo.

Intensely layered waves of sound, sometimes delicate, sometimes powerful invariably create a sense of place…like an audio postcard from somewhere not yet visited.

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One Hundred and Thirteenth Show Playlist – 16th April 2013

 

PLAY ORDER ARTIST SONG TITLE ALBUM TITLE TIME LABEL COUNTRY YEAR
1 Amasa Gana Side A Untitled 14.54 Holodeck Records USA 2013
2 Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving (Quakes) Failed By Man And Machine 5.25 Birds Robe Australia 2012
3 Caught In The Wake Forever We Deal With This In Different Ways Cadder Falls 6.06 Audio Gourmet Scotland 2013
4 Northcape Potentilla Exploration And Ascent 6.30 SunSeaSky Productions England 2013
5 Mogwai This Messiah Needs Watching Les Revenants 4.37 Rock Action Records Scotland 2013
6 Bright Like The Sun Across The Floors Of Silent Seas Coda Fin 8.19 Self Released USA 2013
7 Sun Hammer Office Music (for Justin Snow) Fors 11.30 Feedback Loop USA 2013
8 New Wings Zombie Layton For President Ground Sits On Ground 5.22 Self Released Canada 2013
9 evolv Building Nothing, Laying Bricks Single 4.10 Self Released USA 2013
10 Umber Sunshine Young Sunshine Young 4.28 Oxide Tones England 2013
11 Umber Sunshine Youth (Featuring GWFAA) Sunshine Young 4.32 Oxide Tones England 2013

 

Record Of The Week

Umber – Sunshine Young

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Alex Steward’s moniker, Umber, releases his third release  and first through the German based Oxide Tones record label. This is an album that is instantly likeable. Umbers previous releases were unmistakably Umber, he has a sound all of his own. This album is slightly different to his other 2 releases, in that this has a more ambient/drone feel to it. There are 7 songs on this release ranging between 3 and 5minutes in length. The tone of the album is set right from the very first track, ‘Sunshine Young’ has this beautiful drone drifting in and out which adds some guitar melody half way through and builds to a much bigger, lush sound before drifting away. Track 2, All The Ships, has some nice field recordings mixed with various drone/ambient soundscapes. I particularly like Track 3, Through Rocks and Fog, it has a more experimental feel to it with sounds that I suspect have been sampled by Umber and are used to great effect on this track. Track 4, The Warm Calm and also track 5, Gott Mos feature the violin of Sophie Greene, this adds a slightly different dimension to the sound and that is always a positive, at least it is with me. Track 6, Sunshine Youth, features Good Weather For An Airstrike, which I suspect is a favour returned for Alex who performed on GWFAA’s last album. The last track, Opik-Oort, is one of the shorter songs on the album and it does bring this fine album to a very fitting close.

I would highly recommend this release, and previous releases by Umber. This latest release just shows a different, and very welcome, dimension to the talents of this great artist.

 

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One Hundred and Twelfth Show Playlist – 9th April 2013

 

PLAY ORDER ARTIST SONG TITLE ALBUM TITLE TIME LABEL COUNTRY YEAR
1 Chris Weeks The Ebb & Flow The Ebb & Flow 23.20 Self Released England 2013
2 Xander Harris Clear Expensive Skies The New Dark Age Of Love 6.59 Not Not Fun Records USA 2013
3 Orbit Over Luna Hiroshima: City Of Peace Hiroshima/Miyajima 7.05 Self Released Canada 2013
4 Leaving Richmond We Are Stars Human Minds, Robot Hearts 3.57 Self Released USA 2013
5 Twigs And Yarn Yuurei Yuurei (Single) 4.58 Flau USA 2013
6 Rhian Sheehan Nocturne 1985 Stories From Elsewhere 4.49 Self Released New Zealand 2013
7 Waking Aida Allergic Hyperdiamond/Allergic 6.03 Self Released England 2013
8 Collapse Under The Empire Ashfall The Silent City 4.38 Self Released Germany 2013
9 Pan American Glass Room At The Airport Cloud Room/Glass Room 6.03 Kranky USA 2013
10 Rachel Grimes She Was Here Compound Leaves 3.18 Self Released USA 2013
11 emmalee^crane Manitoba Crowd Of Reeds 2.53 Streetlight Farm USA 2013
12 emmalee^crane The Seventeenth Wheel Crowd Of Reeds 5.01 Streetlight Farm USA 2013

 

Record Of The Week

emmalee^crane – Crowd Of Reeds

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When you order a physical release from emmalee^crane you recieve a sticker stating that ‘Drone Is Not Mindless’, how very true that statement is. Especially when it comes from this particular drone/ambient and at times even cinematic sounding artist. emmalee has just released her third full length release titled ‘Crowd Of Reeds’ and it could very well be her best work to date. Although I must say that the previous releases to this one, ‘Formantine’ and ‘Crux’ are also very fine releases. So the new album, released on Streetlight farm records is just under 41minutes in length spread over 10 tracks. I really enjoyed this release on its very first listen, but I have been leaning towards this genre of music for quite a while now. I think it must be the solitude and calmness of it all. Anyway, what about ‘Crowd Of Reeds’, it opens with the excellent title track which sets the tone for the album and it a bit experimental in nature, especially at the start but settles into a nice in and out rhythm. I am not going to describe all the tracks but I must say that placing the melancholic, strikingly beatiful but stark track  ‘You Coil Like Flowers’ next to the more uplifting ‘Manitoba’ is a stroke of genius as both these tracks are so contrasting. It just shows how versatile this artist really is.

So this release will be, i suspect, be on a few peoples top 10 list of 2013. It really is a great album and I would strongly advise adding this to your collection.

The album was written and performed by emmalee^crane with some help from the following musicians

Sarah Conroy: Clarinet, Cor Anglais
J. Patrick Bromham: Trumpet, French Horn, Euphonium
Miles Fender: Violin, Guitar

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