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Tune of Today

From his astonishing 2010 album to his brilliant recent show in Dublin, I’ve had plenty of good things to say about Will Wisenfeld aka Baths. Pop Music/False B-sides is Baths latest offering. It’s not exactly the follow-up album to Cerulean, Wisenfeld has a bundle of new songs on his hands, some of which he dropped at the Workman Club, Pop Music/False B-sides is a collection of these songs. It lacks the cohesion of Cerulean, the slower tunes are much more melodic while the experimental numbers have extra bleepy effects. While not the complete album, it rarely misfires and has undeniable moments of beauty, like this.

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Artist: MOTHS

A lot of college work coupled with some unforseen internet complications (which continue, damn you upc) have seen me neglect this auld yoke. Worst of all has been my limited access to the sites and blogs I gleefully waste all my time on browsing for new music. As a result my 2011 has gotten off to a slow start musically, but one artist I couldn’t escape from is MOTHS aka Jack Colleran. A few mentions on Nialler9 as well as other blogs have people talking about this very talented 17-year-old from Kildare. He’s nailed down a sumptuous Baths meets Gold Panda blend of glitch/electronic. Astonishing as his age is, it’d be a disservice to judge his tunes solely within that context, this is just damn good chill out music. Check out his soundcloud for more.

Here’s his hazy remix of Passion Pit’s Little Secrets.

 

Playlist: Music Library 29-11-2010

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.

Onra – The Anthem
Sunday Girl – Stop Hey (Rusko Remix)
The Xx – Shelter (Death to the Throne Remix)
Jessica Hoop – Seeds of Wonder (Killabits Dubstep Remix)
Gold Panda – You
Flying Lotus (Featuring Thundercat) – MmmHmm
Super Extra Bonus Party (Ft. Cadence Weapon) – Radar
Caribou – Kaili
Chew Lips – Karen
Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know
Katy B – Katy on a Mission
Nouveaunoise – Cinnte
Why? – These Few Pesidents
Digitalism – Pogo
Justice – Phantom pt. II



Album: Gold Panda – Lucky Shiner

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.

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Album: Baths – Cerulean

The 14 tracks on Cerulean boast a maturity and musical intuition beyond what can be expected from a 21-year-old. However when we consider that Will Wisenfeld (Baths) has spent the majority of the last decade making music and honing his particular brand of electronic hip-hop, under the name [Post-Foetus], not to mention the ambient venture Geotic, things become somewhat clearer. Like dubstep, glitch-hop has enjoyed a speedy rise in popularity among the online indie community thanks to the work of producers such as Flying Lotus and Daedelus. Throughout Cerulean, Wisenfeld makes his own mark in a genre over-populated by producers trying too hard to stand out. Ironically by adopting a more refined approach Baths has created the genre’s outstanding album.

While others producers maintain a distance with the listener Wisenfeld has harnessed his songwriting skills to add a personal touch to Cerulean. The anthemic ‘Lovely Bloodflow’ possess the features prevalent throughout the album. A simple hip-hop kick-snare lays the foundation for Wisenfeld to build on with clicks and jumpy vocals accompanied by leafy effects to add weight to the lyrics “kick up my shit you wanna, rustle these leaves.” Ponderous as these words may be the sentiment behind the tune is more obvious when the beat lowers to allow Wisenheld proclaim in a high pitched melody “you are my bloodflow.”

Clocking 50 minutes Cerulean may seem a bit imposing but in truth you could double that length and not tire of the album. Wisenfeld has mastered the elusive art of creating a cohesive compilation which flows perfectly from start to finish but avoids the trap sounding repetitive. His command and understanding of instrumentation comes to the fore in ‘♥’ which only introduces an electronic beat after a haunting piano and guitar intro is brought to a halt by Wisenfeld’s ghostly vocals. This is also the most revelatory track dealing with the life he has left behind in his suburban hometown;  “Met in the night like it was wrong, laugh at the life left now that we’re gone, I won’t go back, I won’t go back, I love you too much”

Wisenfeld’s greatest achievement on Cerulean is to incorporate so many things without making it sound remotely cramped or forced. The bass gets cranked up in ‘Mximalist’, ‘Mecha Joy’ and the wonderful ‘Indoorsy’ providing a more customary glitch-hop sound synonymous with artists like Flylo and Nosaj Thing. Throughout Cerulean effective use is made of vocals samples, from the M83-esque slow burner ‘Seaside Town’ to the album’s ultimate feel good, danceable number ‘Animals’. ‘Hall’ brings the album to a fitting close projecting a blend of loops, soft vocals and layered effects to give the end as optimistic a feel as ‘Apologetic Shoulderblades’ provided at track 1.