Monday, April 15, 2013
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A Few Tracks of Note.
Stars of the Lid - "Apreludes (in C Sharp Major)" - With much of April's playlist is centered around ambient music. It's a genre that is relatively small and hard to appreciate at times. It's also hard to tell good ambient music apart. I'll start with Stars of The Lid, the Austin TX group has been making ambient music for almost two decades now and could easily be seen as the most essential ambient group alive. Whereas most ambient artists tend to paint lush landscapes of sound Stars of the Lid play with silences and tones. Listening to their music I can't help but feel like I'm in an Arthur C. Clarke novel. It's futuristic and otherworldly.
Tim Hecker - "In The Fog II" - My discovery of Tim Hecker is what inspired me to seek out and research more ambient artists. You must let his music wash over you like a Monet scene scape. Here you will recognize familiar sounds, the ringing of a piano, the tones of synthesizers but Hecker presents them in such a unique way. It was because of him I was brought to Oneohtrix Point Never, Loscil, and Grouper.
Max Richter - "Infra 8" - I also have been wondering lately who is making the best neo-classical music right now? Up until now I had only heard of Kronos Quartet. I discovered the beautiful music of Max Richter and Johan Johannsson. Classical music isn't for the history books people, it's alive and people are still making it sound fresh and important.
Dirty Three - "Some Summers They Drop Like Flies" - I have been super into the gigantic larger than life post-rock of Godspeed! You Black Emperor as of late. I did some research and found the Dirty Three featuring violinist and longtime Nick Cave collaborator Warren Ellis. Their music is a mix of post-rock and the soft cry of a cowboy ballad. Ellis especially puts a ton of feeling into his music.
Minnie Riperton - "Les Fleurs" I didn't have the balls to make a playlist containing just ambient music so I scattered a few appropriate tracks that I have been digging as of late. "Les Fleus" by the late Minnie Riperton came to mind. This song is a fun summery swing of a song that reminds me of 60s French soul.