Archive for the ‘Four Tet’ Tag
When I met Daithi last month he spoke very highly of his friend Flann Mc Morrow (No relation to James Vincent, I asked) The pair had a kind of Postal Service thing going on, sharing and mixing music between Dublin and Galway. ‘This Place’ is the first track the duo have put up on soundcloud. Sounds like Four Tet after a few jagerbombs with wall to wall sound and a penchant for changing direction. More please.
The Music Library is an alternative music show which airs on Flirtfm 101.3, Galway’s alternative student station Monday-Friday between 8 and 9 am. I take charge of the tunes on Mondays. Todays show was celebration of the heights of 2010 with a selection of tunes off my’ Top Songs’ post below. No podcast unfortunately.
Baths – Lovely Bloodflow
Foals – Spanish Sahara
Tanlines – Real Life
Sleigh Bells – Tell ‘Em
Four Tet – Angel Echoes
Gold Panda – Snow & Taxis
Glasser – Apply
Crystal Castles – Celestica
How to Dress Well – You Won’t Need Me Where I’m Goin’
Mount Kimbie – Before I Move Off
Liars – Scissor
Two Door Cinema Club – Undercover Martyn
Warpaint – Undertow
Kendal Johansson – Blue Moon
The Music Library is an alternative music show which airs on Flirtfm 101.3, Galway’s alternative student station Monday-Friday between 8 and 9 am. I take charge of the tunes on Mondays.
Not Squares – Release the Bees
Explosions in the Sky – The only Moment we were Alone
Beach House – Zebra
Zola Jesus – I Can’t Stand
Cap Pas Cap – Friends
Yeasayer – Madder Red
Efterklang – Step Aside
four tet – sing
Teebs – Humming Birds
Lorn – Cherry Moon
Gold Panda – You
Marina and the Diamonds – I am not a Robot (Clock Opera Remix)
The last two tracks got cut off from the podcast which can be found here.
As we enter what is very much the business end of the year for album releases countless music bloggers and writers are readying their generic but oh-so-personal’ Best of 2010 lists’. Those who have prematurely completed their lineups may be forced to shuffle things around when they get a hold of Gold Panda’s Lucky Shiner. The Essex born electronic musician has produced one of the years’ most engaging and rich experimental works.
Inspired by the emptiness and isolation Panda experienced when working in Japan for a year, the 11 tracks are carefully crafted and aligned. Powerful and colourful images spring from the lush soundscapes offered on Lucky Shiner. The tag ‘experimental’ is so widely abused it’s almost redundant at this stage but Gold Panda’s latest LP actually earns the label. Opener ‘You’ is a Bath-esque head bopping, glitch-hop beauty which runs into ‘Vanilla Minus’ a celebration of electronica which would fit snuggly into any four tet set. Just to eradicate any possibility of pigeon-holding track three ‘Parents’ is two minutes of beautifully understated acoustic guitar set against breezy outdoor effects.
Lucky Shiner, like so much of contemporary electronic music centres on swirling synths and varied percussion with loops and samples making their customary appearances. What separates Gold Panda from the masses is his patience. He allows the many different limbs of his songs come together at their own pace. You’ll struggle to find a more emotional and fitting curtain closer than the ghostly’ You.’ Inspired by the pain of solitude, Gold Panda has created an electronic album that makes for great company.
Ireland has long been rich in musical talent, what it has lacked is diversity. Having produced singer-songwriters on mass for years, we’ve recently seen a surge in successful post-rock/math-rock outfits. Making a name as a breeding ground for electronic artists however, has proved difficult for the Emerald Isle, until now. Solar Bears’ She was Coloured In adds its name to the list of brilliant Irish electronic albums of 2010, alongside the works of Nouveaunoise and Shit Robot to name just two.
The Leinster based duo Solar Bears may not be a household name in Ireland yet, but they have certainly popped up the blogosphere radar, gaining international acclaim helped by their affiliation with English label Planet Mu. Another factor is the undeniably contemporary nature of their sound, even their eighties style synths have a modern glitchy feel. While She Was Coloured In adheres to what’s currently ‘hot’ in the indie community you get the feeling this is more by accident than design.
At no point throughout the 15 tracks does the music feel forced. It flows seamlessly, at its own pace and with no agenda in mind other than its own. Diversity of influence is abundantly apparent, by the fourth tracks we’ve encountered the minimal loops of Four Tet, the groovy funk of Daft Punk, the haunting percussion of Lorn and the patient probing bass of Mogwai, all served on a bed of wavy atmospheric synths. This album is a collection of tracks crying out for use in films, they carry the necessary impact without demanding all the attention.