VHS Vision [album stream]
Crash Symbols have been on an interesting tangent lately: full-on 90s-style beat-making, digital Dreamcast thumping, padded house music, more synth squabbling, a wild mashup of low and high fidelity. Actually, I’m just describing Cosmic Sound’s VHS Vision, the somewhat schizo-project of producer Stephen Ferris (which was actually released in 2010, but is now finding a proper new home). Like I said, the mix of more vintage sounds with a digital sheen creates an interesting effect, kind of like when movies put a quiet sad song over a huge action scene — you know what I’m talking about. Maybe that technique can only be used so much before it becomes a total cliché, but the musical equivalent is still working wonders. As a result, a lot of VHS Vision feels like a sound collage, even though it might not be. I’m into not knowing.
Existers [album stream]
Do you remember elementary school music class? I was taught melody, timing, and harmonies by doing exercises like splitting the class into three sections to sing “Row, row, row your boat” all starting at different times, or having different parts of the room make rain noises by stomping their feet or rubbing their hands together. The music teacher signaled the start and end of each part, and it all kind of degenerated into noise in the middle, only to have it kind of come together at the end. What is the adult version of that? A bunch of people sitting around in a circle, pressing play at designated times on their laptops or smartphones? It would be like a “Kumbaya” for the digital era. Why would I clap my hands together when I can press a button that makes the noise for me?
Never forget Existers. And you won’t, because Lucky Dragons are timeless. The album’s title track is a singalong campfire song, except the campfire is one of those electric fireplaces and everyone is wearing neon colors and sitting “Indian-style.” How did those uncoordinated kids turn into this? From drowning in pixels.
• Lucky Dragons: http://luckydragons.org
Chocolate Grinder Mix 47
Slower Combing Eggs
Chris Corsano is on some crazy shit. Maybe I just made this cause I wanted to start a mix off with a drum solo? It’s weird, though, because White Suns come in right after “Famously Short Arms” stops, but their metal chug almost sounds like it could be from the same band. Maybe all music is more or less the same, at least to alien ears. That is, if aliens were landing on earth. They’d demand to hear native humanoid music, and we’d show them Francis Bebey and Dean Blunt (because it’s the future, and that shit has become legendary), and they’d be like “What is this primitive timbre-based waveform? All humans are equally stupid.” Then they would blow our minds open with pure psychic projections that render our concepts of music obsolete. Until then, we can keep banging on drums and playing “slap bass” and “synth shit.”
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[00:00] Chris Corsano - “Famously Short Arms”
[04:19] White Suns - “Footprints Filled”
[08:46] Starring - “The Best”
[13:58] Colin Webster & Mark Holub - “The Claw”
[15:58] Dean Blunt & Igna Copeland - “12”
[18:32] Blanche Blanche Blanche - “Jason’s List”
[21:37] Paborsk - “The Nest”
[25:28] Francis Bebey - “Savanah Georgia”
[28:53] Axxess - “Slow Combing Eggs”
[31:20] Suzanne Ciani - “Eighth Wave”
[34:35] Tyme. x Tujiko - “world 世界”
“your hands/ moo .3”
Yyu, fronted by a guy named Ben from California, has released a bizarre yet cozy little album, TIMETIMETIME&TIME. The release sees Yyu mashing samples sourced from both himself and presumably not-himself, fucking with their temporal logic, and then cut-and-pasting it all together in a sample-/loop-based record that sounds satisfyingly warm, playful, and performative. Beats jerk around and discontinuities abound, sure, but there’s a well-defined, honed-in aesthetic that sounds at once incredibly disciplined and incredibly out of control: one moment you’re gently nudged forward with a delicate buzz of guitar strings, the next you’re trapped in a loop going nowhere but in circles.
Listen to the album’s first track, “your hands/ moo .3,” here:
|||||||| DISCLOSURE |||||||| YES |||||||| FUN |||||||| DUST |||||||| HARSH |||||||| APPLY |||||||| FREE |||||||| SUMMER |||||||| CRYSTAL |||||||| HELLO |||||||| VIEW |||||||| MANIC |||||||| BUTTON |||||||| TRAFFIC |||||||| CH’SHH |||||||| ANTIQUITY ||||||||
Also, be on the look out for more goofin’s of Sir Jesse Briata (Lockbox) on Animal Image Search July 1.
“Dance For You”
Dirty Projectors just released a second track from their forthcoming album, Swing Lo Magellan (out July 10 on Domino). It’s called “Dance For You” and has an amazing video to go with it. PLEASE watch it full screen: