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Jun. 26th, 2006 04:25 pm
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List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your livejournal along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they're listening to.

broker/dealer: boots and pants
dntel: this is the dream of evan and chan (superpitcher kompakt remix)
oxtongue: delight

all three of these are taken from the nifty kompakt mix cd triple r - friends. as with a lot of kompakt releases, about 1/2 the album is beautiful and sublime while the other half is frustrating and annoying. the broker/dealer track is rather upbeat in a non-cheesy way. it uses a lead that is very brassy and, while i don't care much for ska or jazz, it makes perfect sense in here. the dntel remix is the only emo/minimal techno song i know of (though i suppose some of the dntel album fits the bill, but this is way more poppy). the last track is honestly a pretty dumb and repetitive song, but there's something in it that feels, ummm, important? i dunno. it just resonates and i don't have any choice other than to like it. while bridget and i have roughly similar taste in music, there are definitely songs that i love that she doesn't, and i think a lot of them are songs that somehow feel important to me and touch me in ways that only music can rather than being more empirically "good". i wonder what it is that my brain is hearing that it grabs onto. maybe it's purely the timbre, maybe it's the progression. whatever it is, its existance is fascinating to me and i'm always happy when i find another song (or even better, make a song) that hits me that way.

bjork: undo
mogwai: 2 rights make 1 wrong

both of these songs end similarly; with a choir singing some broken chords which are faded into the mix. love them both. the bjork song also ends with some rather tasty lo-fi digital effects, similar to what i've played with on chiclet and PSPSeq. the mogwai song combines synths, what sounds like a banjo, and the afformentioned choir. bizarre combination but it really works well for me. i love music that gracefully transitions between instruments, where you go from one place to another but unless you pay attention to the details you have no idea how you ended up there. the mogwai song is a good example of that.

hood: closure

the best song off of my favorite album from last year. a brilliant distillation of everything i like about hood. basically he did everything right; the duet, the classical elements (trumpet, violins?), the lyrics, the building and release. thank you!

sigur ros: untitled 6

at first i didn't even like the parenthetical sigur ros album but it quickly grew on me. i oscillate between thinking tracks 4, 6, and 8 are the best ones on the album. they're all wonderful for their own reasons, and for today i'll say that #6 is the best. the point in this song when the singing stops and the guitars (and bells?) pick up kills me every time.

now as for people to tag...

[livejournal.com profile] arcanus
[livejournal.com profile] clevernonsense
[livejournal.com profile] frederic
[livejournal.com profile] jasonlizard
[livejournal.com profile] militart
[livejournal.com profile] mvoid
[livejournal.com profile] yosh

Date: 2006-06-27 11:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jasonlizard.livejournal.com
I'll have to get to this one tonight.

Date: 2006-06-27 04:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cris.livejournal.com
did you see broker/dealer when they came to town last year? I have a copy of Initial Public Offering that's a pretty consistent workday listening staple. It does pleasantly walk that line between upbeat and sublime.

Date: 2006-06-27 04:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] plankton.livejournal.com
no i missed that i'm woefully out of it when it comes to techno shows. did you go? there's a couple interesting things coming up (klute (the dnb guy not the industrial one) on thursday and dabrye on 7/10) but i've missed a lot.

i gave a quick listen to some clips of IPO; didn't do much for me but short clips of minimal techno through crappy laptop speakers isn't really the best way to determine its worth. next time you're over i'll play the track for you, it's awesome in a glitchy happy sappy way.

Date: 2006-06-27 05:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cris.livejournal.com
no, I missed it, too. It got posted to Boston-IDM, but there was some conflict that night.

I find that I have the hardest time getting an accurate impression of an electronic song from clips. Like, I hate how E-music only gives you the first 15 seconds of a track; since most songs are only getting started within that frame. At least Bleep lets you sample different parts of a track, but their segment sizes are still too brief.


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