Hard to believe it’s been two years since ex Vivian Girls member Katty Goodman’s La Sera’s debut album of uplifting surf-tinged rock-pop, Sees The Light (an arguably more coherent album than anything put out by her old band, who themselves are now no more).
Now the red-haired lovely returns with a second track showcasing what’s in store for followup album Hour of the Dawn. Losing to the Dark is a menacing, driving force that can also be cuddled. Of course.
Brand new brilliant free to download track from Greek-born performance artist Evangelia C aka Lola’s Band. Break Free is an always changing journey of imaginative synth pop elegance and sexiness.
England football manager Roy Hodgson has admitted his chin-stroking during England’s recent dull 1-0 win over Denmark was actually a new look geared toward this summers’ World Cup in Brazil. “I’ve been putting in the hours in front of the mirror recently, sometimes up to six hours a day, not including breaks.”
Asked if this new technique was to replace the manic forehead-rubbing he’s been previously noted for, he had this response: “I think it’s time I tried something new. The players started to almost expect that (manically rubbing of forehead), and what I began to notice was it was having less of the effect on the team that it was meant”. Which was? “Well, to get the message across that I wasn’t happy, perhaps even frustrated, at the way the players were performing, so the team would ideally respond positively. But I just thought it began to lack the desired response by the end.”
When asked what message he’s trying to convey to the team with the brand new chin-stroking technique, he was more guarded. “I think it would be foolish to give too much away. But let’s just say this if I may; with all the recent practicing, I think I’ve practically perfected the look, and I’m confident that, come the World Cup, I’ll be ready to out chin-stroke any fellow manager.”
To join the list of some of the more interesting releases due for this April 19 and Record Store Day, comes this tasty item, both in appearance and sound. Oneohtrix Point Never follows up on last year’s topper R Plus Seven longplayer with the EP Commissions I, three tracks commissioned for art and film.
Daniel Lopatin– for it be no other than he– reworks Witold Lutoslawski’s Preludes in Music For Steamed Rocks track that can be heard below, composed for Polish Icons at Sacrum Profanum in a way that only he can. Quite marvelous.
Tracklist and details via Warp.net:
A1 – Music For Steamed Rocks
Composed by Daniel Lopatin for Witold Lutosławski’s Preludes at Polish Icons 2, Sacrum Profanum, 2013
A2 – Meet Your Creator
Composed by Daniel Lopatin for Quadrotor performance at Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors’ Showcase, 2012
B1 – I Only Have Eyes For You
Composed by Harry Warren and Al Dubin (Remick Music Corp). Cover commissioned for the SONG1 Happening installation event by Doug Aitken at the Hirshhorn Museum, 2012
Human is an IDM leaning, precise techno record that moves between bassless electronica, to body-moving DJ friendly, subtle 4/4 that would be perfect for outside DJ sets in the summer. It’s hardly a surprise, then, while listening to the album, to find that Cooper’s music usually gets described using such terms as “elegant”, and “gorgeous”.
Some tracks here– particular near the beginning of the record– lend themseves well to the female vocal; sometimes broken– as during Automation– other times fluid and more audible– as during Adrift (ft Kathrin deBoer).
After this relatively smooth opening section, Seething, and, two tracks later, Impacts sees signs of clouds appearing; the slow-gathering industrial shapes and brooding melody of the former, the heavy, jumpy beats, and factory setting tussling of the latter.
The clouds part and the flowers open up again for the beautiful, all-possibilities ambient-techno flow of Empryrean, while the greyer sounding, sparse bass-droppin’-piano-touching, Apparitions, conjures images of head underwater exploration.
Human is an eclectic album of mood swinging textures; from blue-sky, nature-touching beauty, to blurred experimentation and blocks of grey. And yet it just about works.
Another cool Pixies video to go with another pleasant pop-rocker, Greens and Blues, off of recent EP–2. it’s a track some moons off what we remember from Pixies installment one. Their new stuff seems to be splitting opinion. Who was it that once said such a reaction was healthy? Our verdict? Lovely.
Awayland from Villagers has been chosen as Irish album of the year by a panel of 12, err, Irish music media proffs. The list that it topped was– as is usual– both hit and miss, worthy and non worthy. Villagers also get 10,000 Euro for their trouble. In our opinion the tricksy folkisms of Awayland was neither the best or worst on the list, below.
And So I Watch You From Afar - All Hail Bright Futures
Bell X1 – Chop Chop (Belly Up Records)
Girls Names – The New Life (Tough Love)
Kodaline – In A Perfect World
Little Green Cars – Absolute Zero
Mano Le Tough – Changing Days
My Bloody Valentine – MBV
O Emperor – Vitreous
Lisa O’ Neill – Same Cloth or Not
Villagers – Awayland
Human, the new 11-track album from precision techno creator, Max Cooper, is currently available to listen via the Pitchfork Advance. The release, on FIELDS Records, is expected next week, March 4.
“The writer of delicate soundscapes for the female voice” is how Resident Advisor describe his music. Listen to Human here.
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