Monday, February 26

CDs worth listening to

Sigur Ros - Takk
That is one crunching second song. Feast your ears on this one.

Rickie Lee Jones - Ghostyhead
She's a self reinventer of sorts that completely took me by surprise with this one. Exquisite, wafting, joint-infused, organic-electronic, meanderings that reek of a facetiously muddled America suburban street during the day and during the night. Road kill is a killer.

Bjork - Homogenic
Yes, I am obssessed with the woman ... I have every album and every DVD that doesn't cost more than a weeks worth of pay ... so in defence of my obssession I will say that this lady is the MOST important recording artist of the modern era. The word 'artist' is probably more apt in Bjork's case than in any other musician breathing today. The beats and the accordian, the lyricism, the iconographic cover and the visuals that are associated with this music are as epic as the landscape that inspired it. The volcanoes of Iceland don't match up to the emotional value of Five Years or Immature.

This is your Captain Speaking - Storyboard
ah, there are times where I can't get this music out of my head ... Weathered is exquisite! widescreen, 38mm and epic. Notoriously hard to come by but if you search hard enough you might find one in Europa.

Mick Turner - Moth
Solo project of the unique guitarist from the Dirty Three. A half-finished collection of melodic fragments that sound as though they were washed ashore from Bass Strait, or collecting dust in a sepia cottage. Using loop pedals and a sense of melancholy, Turner created a world that has never been heard before and probably won't be heard again. I can't write the word unique enough times.

Steve Reich - Electric Counterpoint/Different Trains
Amplified Guitar soloist and tape, or guitar ensemble. Electric counterpoint is bloody awesome stuff! The different layers over the shift over each other in a seamless work of blimmin' art from one of the original masters of the recorded/live combination.

Augie March - Sunset Studies
Tim Rogers once wrote of this album that he loved the lyrics of this album but he had no fucking idea what they were talking about. Glenn Richards' words tumble over us with a mesmeresmic quality that can't be boiled down to a nutshell-paragraph. They won the triple J hottest 100 with a song recently but their backlog is far more worth a gander than your average bunch of Aussie geezers ... highly recommended.

The necks - Atheneaum, Homebush, Quay & Raab
4 CDs, each filled with 50 minutes of continuous hyponosis of gradually shifting pseudo-minimalistic improvisation by three of Australia's greatest musician ... lie-on-your-back-in-awe-next-to-the-speakers music.

Because of Ghosts - No more reason, no more doubt
Music that shouts out with bloody urgency that post-rock is dead. Moody and birthed from the stuff of Winter delirium. Living in the desert I'd forgotten what cities felt like till this disc slid into my ear-holes. They recently released The tomorrow we were promised yesterday, but, like Harry Potter, start at the first tome.

Rockettothesky - To sing you apple trees
Debut album by Oslo artist, with gorgeous production, who treats every piece of sound like it's one of her own limbs ... in fact, I reckon Jen Hval is a little obssessed with body parts - visceral and surprising, a bloody diamond in the rough.
(Bias disclaimer - she's a friend ... perhaps not objective, but I reckon her music will spread across the globe for fucking good reasons very soon my good reader)

Laurie Anderson - Big Science
Man, she had it all over anyone else from 1980! This album is unbelievable. Any exploratory musician should mandatorily acquire this LP in any and every blimmin' way possible! Amazing fact number one - O Superman (the album's most strikingly beautiful song) was in the top 40 despite it's use of a synth-vocal counterpoint and pleasantly vocoded sentiments that evoke the crimes of the all-powerful.

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