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July 27, 2011

Takahiro Kido – Fairy Tale (2011)

Tracklist :

1. Prologue
2. All Endless Dreams
3. 2nd Season
4. Oranges & Lemons
5. 3-Sized PF
6. Rust Summer In Tokyo
7. Let’s Go Crazy
8. Roads
9. The Three-Day Blow
10. Eternal Flower

Takahiro Kido is a composer residing in Tokyo, Japan. He started the post-rock band Anoice as a leader & composer and have released the highly acclaimed albums on the Important Label and Ricco Label. His music is a blissful combination of various classical instruments – piano, violin, viola, organ and guitars etc. with a little electronics. In 2006, he starts to work as a recording/mixing engineer and web designer. And he has released five solo albums from PLOP and Ricco Label.

He know also plays in bands RiLF (altanative band with Calu of Matryoshka and members of Anoice) and mokyow (a three piece band with Takahiro Matsue and Tadashi Yoshikawa) and cru (a unit with Yuki Murata) since 2007. He also made an appearance in the Japanese gore film Mutant Girl Squad.

“Fairy Tale” was made after his activities as the member of RiLF, and it has a lot of familiar melodies used in CM for Japanese TV or other medias or events.

Takahiro kido thinks that “Fairy Tale” will be his best effort because it’s more gentle and beautiful than “Fleursy Music” that is his former work that recorded 8th place with the electronica chart of Germany and was selected to the best 10 album in 2008 by The Silent Ballet that is the website of music review in U.S.

July 27, 2011

Beautiful Losers [2008] / DVDRip

A principios de los 90, un grupo de artistas norteamericanos provenientes de un entorno familiar humilde, sin estudios de arte ni diseño y con el DIY (Do It Yourself) como principio vital, formaron una de las generaciones más brillantes aparecidas en Estados Unidos en las últimas décadas. Se hicieron llamar Beautiful Losers y juntos iniciaron un estilo artístico que no era más que un reflejo de su propio estilo de vida. Influenciados por la subcultura juvenil del skate, graffiti y música independiente, promovieron una nueva forma de comunicarse basada en el uso variado de soportes urbanos. Eran pintores y grafiteros, artistas multimedia y directores de videoclips, todos ellos creadores de imagen que han desarrollado un estilo personal y único, elevando estas manifestaciones callejeras a la categoría de arte. En el año 2008 uno de sus fundadores, el artista y cineasta Aaron Rose, decidió documentar este movimiento, a través de entrevistas a sus miembros y mostrando sus creaciones, esas obras que cautivaron a toda una generación de artistas independientes.

July 27, 2011

Beirut – Haldern Pop Festival [2010] / SATRip

El Haldern Pop es un festival de música al aire libre que se lleva a cabo anualmente en Alemania. El 13 de agosto de 2010 se presentaron los enigmáticos Beirut con el genial Zach Condon a la cabeza, para ofrendar muchos de sus clásicos tan contemporáneos como personales, desplegando en el viento germánico ese sonido único mezcla de folk balcánico y pop occidental. Así pasan Postcards From Italy, The Concubine, A Sunday Smile, y The Gulag Orkestar, por nombrar sólo algunas de las canciones que los Beirut brindaron en aquel emotivo atardecer alemán.

July 27, 2011

Marconi Union – Beautifully Falling Apart

And so it begins. The opening eight minutes entitled ‘Breathing Retake’ blossom and unfurl themselves into a shadowy backdrop. A guitar line slowly slithers along. Clusters of distorted background noise disperse like rocks hitting water, while clattering percussion provides the chatter and illumination for this otherwise quiescent, dim scene. And there it is. After hearing those eight minutes you get the feeling that Marconi Union – aka Mancunians Richard Talbot, Jamie Crossley and Duncan Meadows – don’t aim to create music but instead provide ambient soundtracks for visual media (which they have done so in the past, and would surely feel at home with the likes of Donnie Darko, Blade Runner or Sunshine). Live shows shroud the band in darkness, visual art their only visible presence.


Reclusive and silent, their reluctance to give interviews mirrors the seclusion of the worlds they forge. These boys do it effectively, unlike another recent ‘enigmatic’ Manchester band. Seemingly they don’t have an identity. If they did, theirs would only be matched by the shadowy depths they create. Lazy comparisons would immediately point to Sigur Ros; those layering instruments that weave neatly on top of each other, added to those shimmering pads that add a natural humanity towards those alien vocal “ooh“s and “aah“s. Marconi Union describeBeautifully Falling Apart as a dichotomy between the beautifully serene and the harsh reality beneath it. If 2009’s Tokyo saw them envisage the city from an outsider’s perspective and 2008’s A Lost Connection found them delve deeper into the slick inner workings of the area,BFA is the band tearing down the foundations of such a city. Move out the way Godzilla!


Thrills aren’t created by the suspenseful build ups our Hopelandic others use but are instead created in the floating moments. It’s an inertia of euphoria as everything seemingly stands still, every touch creating a subtle yet significant shift. ‘Slow Collapse’ does little to move from the swell of throbbing pads as it keeps you in focus with the moment just before ‘Blue Collar Parade’ and ‘Losing the Light’ are doused in a treacle of atmospherics. The former is a sinister mass of prolonged hissing strings that channel into the optimism of the latter. It’s only at the end of ‘Losing the Light’ that the tranquillity of such glacial tones and drooling layers gets disturbed by the mechanical bulldozer of a robotic voice. Such contrast between songs brings forth Marconi Union’s true commentary – the constant battle between the beautifully natural against the artificial which collides both at constant odds. Moments of transition are stretched out gradually as to move our focus from the already immersed haze, each tiny detail adding and filling to the cracks.


And so it’s as we get to closing track ‘A Shower of Sparks’ where the same harmonic glacial glimmers and dripping notes emerge from the bulging cloud. As bells shimmer, they do so amongst synthesised drums, bringing the mechanical to the natural. In that sense Marconi Union create wonderful emotive music. This is music to not only relax to but music to ponder to.


July 27, 2011

Beef Terminal – Humidex [2011]

From the 2011 Beef Terminal album “Humidex”. Synopsis: Man drives car in the rain. After several wrong turns and reaching an urban centre, the man reaches hi…

Style: Electronic, Ambient

Love the moody guitar work 😀


July 27, 2011

Fennesz – Seven Stars [2011] [EP]


Fennesz will release a new EP on July 5.


Details are scarce at present, but we do know that the EP is entitled Seven Stars and will be available on 10″ vinyl courtesy of Touch. It’s the Austrian’s first major solo release since his magisterial 2009 LP Black Sea. Tracklist below.


In other Touch-related news, Jana Winderen‘s Energy Field has been awarded the Golden Nica for Digital Musics and Sound Art prize at Ars Electronica 2011. Philip Jeck received a Distinction for Suite: Live in Liverpool and Sohrab picked up an Honorary Mention for A Hidden Place.


Seven Stars tracklist:
1. Liminal
2. July
3. Shift
4. Seven Stars



July 27, 2011

Mombi – The Wounded Beat [2011]

: Ambient-Folk

Recorded and mixed by Keith Kenniff of Helios, Goldmund. I enjoyed this quite a bit!

Bandcamp(sample album)




July 13, 2011

Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart [1998] / DVDRip

“Nunca me gustó la escuela, ni las reuniones, ni la autoridad, fui hecho para el rock and roll”. [Lou Reed]

Lou Reed (nacido como Lewis Allen Reed el 2 de marzo de 1942 en Freeport, Long Island, Nueva York) es un cantante y escritor de rock, considerado el padre del rock alternativo, primero como líder del grupo The Velvet Underground y luego en solitario, y ha sido una figura enormemente influyente en el arte pop desde la década de los 60. Rock and Roll Heart es un premiado documental realizado en 1998 que retrata cronológicamente la evolución de la carrera de Reed durante más de tres décadas, desde su arrivo a su venerada Nueva York, donde comenzó tocando en las calles, y su inserción en la cultura under más famosa, de la mano del experimental Andy Warhol, hasta su paso por el glam, el alcohol, las drogas duras y su definitiva recuperación, con la que supo balancear su notable talento con su exacerbada popularidad. Imagenes inéditas y entrevistas con amigos y famosos admiradores, como David Bowie, John Cale, Patti Smith, Suzanne Vega, David Byrne, y los Sonic Youth, entre otros, ilustran este gran homenaje a uno de los íconos vivos más importantes de la cultura rock de todos los tiempos.

July 10, 2011

richard a ingram – Happy Hour

A year on from the release of his impressive solo debut, Consolamentum, Manchester-based musician Richard A. Ingram returns with another slab of implacably sombre cinematic electronic music. Released once again on the excellent White Box, Happy Hour is a particularly bleak and oppressive affair, with which Ingram continues to explore intricate textural soundscapes and arrange them into a powerful soundtrack.
Articulated around four lengthy tracks, ranging from ten-and-a-half to fifteen minutes, each with their own intense tone and mood, Happy Hour is at once extremely disturbing and deeply haunting. If some of the sound sources used on Consolamentum occasionally revealed their provenance, the murky atmosphere which spreads over the whole of Happy Hour corrodes those used here until they become totally unidentifiable, appearing in more advanced stages of decay as the album progresses. Formed of dense stormy clusters of sounds, distorted and granular, which almost imperceptibly change from one drone structure to another, Agile Drone is a harrowing atmospheric piece which becomes even more unsettling when it is subjected to hammering blows in its later part. The mood lightens up slightly with Truncheon Tree as a heavy dub sequence appears to hover in between worlds, as if in suspension, its warm aftershock pulsating throughout the whole piece. This happens at such a slow rate however that it seems to develop outside of reality, as if it was punching through thick layers of smoke. It takes almost half of its ten minute course for the motif to come into full focus, and its backdrop continues to grow for some time after that, until it unexpectedly collapses upon itself, leaving the original dub motif to slowly crash and burn.
The album then reaches a very different stage with Chaos Fortifier and Retro Morph. While quite different in their respective narrative, both pieces rely on vast sonic spaces, filled with environmental sounds and noises, miniature textures greatly amplified, every crack and bump magnified to reveal their ugly reality. These particularly austere soundscapes are swept by chilling air currents, their relative peace disturbed by what could be trains in the distance (Chaos Fortifier) or ebbing and flowing urban sprawl (Retro Morph). While the former is almost entirely devoid of any musical aspect, except for a very faint motif, perhaps a voice calling out for help or a looped fragment of incidental music, toward the end, the latter resonates with seemingly disjointed notes which eventually form, for a time at least, some kind of vague melodic structure. In its later part, it is as if the sound of a bowed guitar had been slowed down so much that all subsisted of its primal form was a low hanging hum.
Even more so than with his debut album, Richard A. Ingram has created here a truly absorbing soundtrack, its dark and oppressive soundscapes, while undoubtedly of their time, serving a much more grandiose and timeless purpose. Ingram has very convincingly moved on from the unsettling tones of Consolamentum to experiment with much more ambitious set ups. Highly recommended.themilkfactory

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richard a ingram – Happy Hour

July 5, 2011

Marsen Jules Trio – Les Fleurs Variations

Label: Oktaf
Genre: Ambient, Neo classical

Minimalist electronics and neo-classic drapes. The echo is not so distant. Five years ago, the German Marsen Jules ventured on the language of Molière. Noble and slight, his album Les Fleurs remains this day one of the most beautiful manners to observe the morning dew. Since, time inexorably changed. Marsen Jules took some years, went up its own label and left the solitude of the studio for the collective adventure. Laptop, violin and piano. The flesh returns stealthily. Accompanied with Anwar Alam and with Jan-Philipp Alamplein, Marsen Jules thus becomes trio. Tuned to this first tour of stoking, its universe of ice-cold winds wins at it obviously in heat and density. Everything takes place in the detail and the lighting there, only spaces of freedom were granted to the sources of origin. Certainly, the territory is already conquered but the flight is made this time of night, so modifying the perception and the firm memory of past. Without upsetting totally the bases of a centred music.