“Take Me Out”
BPitch Control founder Ellen Allien may have quietly released Galactic Horse back in March, but now a clip has surfaced for “Take Me Out,” the woozy, throbbing highlight of that two-track release. It’s a slice of trippy German IDM that’s still accessible enough for most house fans. The video, meanwhile, relies on kaleidoscopic images and heavy shadows — those bits of familiar but nonetheless alluring discotheque imagery that cause a dancer to resemble an Indian goddess. The pulsating lights in the background further add to the trippy, phosphorescent feel of the track.
“☺ EARTH JUMP”
James Ferraro. I’ll give you a minute…
Okay, now that you’ve stopped rolling your eyes, let’s get ready to grumble! James Ferraro is back from having never left, this time with a project presumably called GECKO AFTERLIFE. A “video” was posted recently for “☺ EARTH JUMP,” which has a little BEBETUNE$, a little BODYGUARD, and a whole lot of barbed-wire soul. Enjoy this 10-minute-plus track from our Last American Hero.
Too often these days, bands get accused of coating everything in too much reverb. I don’t see what the big deal is, personally. Take “Pumpernickles,” a track from Meadowlands’ new tape Cross-sectional Studies for example. Sure it sounds like a real club banger buried in so much reverb that I want to use telling words like “landscapes,” “ethereal,” and a bunch of ocean metaphors to describe it, but that doesn’t mean it’s “bad reverb.” It’s like a party-next-door kind of thing — probably just a bunch of obnoxious, drunk teenagers, but I’ll be damned if they don’t listen to good music. I just prefer to listen to it next door, in the safety of my own home, thank you.
Listen to this
water-buried beauty below, and buy the tape, ya damn Mediafire-ing kids!
Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland
Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland really connect with all the audiophiles out there who only accept FLACs marked with proper ID3 tags. Because in the end, will there really be enough time to listen to all the music we’ve stolen in the last five years? It only makes practical sense in 2012 to focus on the data cataloging and curation; the music itself is best suited for stress-testing your subwoofer, or the quality of the low end on a new pair of Sennheiser HD-25 headphones. It’s comforting when the climax of a song plays through with zero clipping. We’re all safe after all.
So go ahead and test your hardware on the new Blunt/Copeland track “5th horseman” below, though please remember to “watch full screen at 720p HD,” as requested.
Now when is The Narcissist II (TMT Review) going to get released on peppermint swirl vinyl with B-side etching and tip-on Stoughton gatefold sleeve with mastering by Rashad Becker of Dubplates & Mastering? That would sound incredible once uploaded to What.CD with 100% log.
[Update: Like the last track we wrote about, “5th horseman” is gone from YouTube already. Fuckers. Here’s another one that went up yesterday and is still there… the fourth in the “Stalker” series.]
Fighting! [album stream]
You could almost call Drainolith, Alexander Moskos’ post-AIDS Wolf project, straightforward. Sure, on his debut LP Fighting! Moskos uses a sputtering, foot-triggered drum synth and a fuzzed-out guitar, and okay, the synth sounds are totally fucked on some gurgling leads and choppy stabs, with the guitar riffs moving over them in jagged polyrhythms. But Moskos isn’t trying to flip your brain inside out or overwhelm you with noisy aggression; Fighting! was recorded live, and the result is downright minimal. It’s as emotionally unsettling as coming down from weird drugs at a scuzzy party you wanted to avoid in the first place, but it’s neither terrifying nor ecstatic. And while the lyrics are bizarre and opaque, they feel especially personal.
So, maybe Fighting! isn’t very straightforward after all, but it’s clear that Moskos is orienting himself towards something different here. But be warned: this process of paring down hasn’t repaired any of the damage. In fact, it has opened up the wound even further, removing all the excess fluid so the sickness can seethe through.
Fighting! is out now on LP and digital download via Spectrum Spools.
• Spectrum Spools: http://editionsmego.com/releases/spectrum-spools