Daily Doses: Gracie x Steffaloo “Quilts” (2011) Label: Self-Released
Los Angeles’ Steffaloo is on a mission to play with every electronic producer from this coast, to that coast and everything in between. And you’ll hear no complaints from me about it, because every track is just so good!
Here, recalling some of last summers musical bedroom antics, New York’s Gracie combines with Steffaloo for a single that spreads out like a sonic oil spill, soaking everything in it’s path with a layer of reverb and glistening distant vocals.
With collaborations like these, who needs a solo project?
Daily Doses: Estasy “Wild Wants” From Locus Solus (2012) Label: Acephale
When it rains it pours.
Having been searching to the far corners of the internet for anything that could hold my attention long enough to post about for the past few weeks, I exhaustedly rose from bed this morning ready for another long search of soundcloud’s nether regions, only to find a veritable cornucopia of fantastic treats laid out across my e-mails digital doorstep.
I guess Halloween is the turning point into the fight for year end supremacy.
The first thing I noticed was this fantastic screamer from Italy’s “Estasy” I got in from Acephale, which has long been one of my favorite labels (right up there with True Panther and Tri-Angle).
Apparently recorded “With minimal effects, and for the most part live.” Locus Solus’ first track, “Wild Wants” is a haunting and driven reminder that we’re moving away from Summer.
And if these are the types of tracks that are going to start rolling in now that we’ve done away with the heat… I say let Winter take over the world.
Daily Doses: “Somebody” Walsh Feat. Persona La Ave From Don’t Want 2 Fall In Luv (2011)
This delicious little EP by Nashville’s Walsh (aka Brandon Biondo) just hit recently, and is everything I could have hoped for.
Give a listen to the track above. Somebody, the second track on the EP, is a fantastic collaborative effort with Persona La Ave. Colored up with funk and slammed home with some delicious synth work, it’s just kinky enough to be make you want to listen, and just grooving enough to make you start moving.
Keep Shelly In Athens recently announced they would be coming out with a new 12” EP, Our Own Dream (Fall, 2011, Forest Family). From this I have finally realized there has to be some sort of greater power, and it likes to give me good music.
Then I realized that would mean It’s the same greater power that likes to put love seats in the middle of the freeway so that I can run into them at 2:00am.
And from the clattering ambient distance in “Conviction 1” to the soaked sadness in “Gold Light”, I have to admit, I kinda thought he had conquered sound about as much as was possible given the restraints of recording every part himself in his bedroom.
Little did I know he was just showing off his control of it.
Here he let’s it run wild.
I’d say Faster Horses sounds like Industrial smashed into Instrumental Hip-Hop, bled over with singer/songwriter before it’s drowned in a pool of Eno’esque (it’s a word) ambient noise.
In other words, it sounds like nothing else I can put my finger on.
Album opener “Weekdays” opens with a guitar that sounds like caged beast, raging against the world in the middle of an iron factory. Meanwhile a mournful vocal waxes and wanes with lines as poetic as:
“I come home from work and you come home from work, and we lie dead as leaves and dull as Winter.”
And as bluntly honest as:
“You spent Christmas Day getting drunk alone.”
It’s a track that captures the feeling fading connection and increasing emotional distance by counter-pointing the softly sung vocals with all the rage smashing into the background.
I’ve been interested by the radio for quite a long time. Not so much as a means to distribute music, but more as a form of communication. Specifically early 1920’s ‘Golden Age of Radio’ broadcasting, where you could tune in and hear a mix of music, stories, news, etcetera. I’ve always found a certain loneliness in the drifting signals; someone broadcasting into your home or car from a distant location, sharing things with complete strangers in hopes of someone listening.
Against the Storm is just this. An attempt to materialize a world that I’ve created in my subconscious and share it with whoever is listening. Each episode will be a collection of music, sounds, and voices all telling a part of a bigger story, taking place somewhere you’ve never seen, in a time you never lived. For now, the episodes will be posted online and archived, but I hope soon to build a small shortwave setup and broadcast live onto open air.
This is the first installment
Track List: Cliff Martinez - He Had a Good Time* The Paris Sisters - I Love How You Love Me* Skeeter Davis - End Of The World* The Caretaker - Mental Caverns Without Sunshine* Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross - Colorblind (Counting Crows Cover) Gregor Samsa - Makeshift Shelters* *Edited and generally repurposed by Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross