Francisco López is perhaps Spain’s finest experimental music composer. I’ve had the pleasure of watching him perform in Los Angeles and Washington D.C., and would always enjoy the opportunity to see his events. Challenging, but worthwhile listening.
Month: August 2016
[Music] Toshiko Yonekawa – The Cherry Blossoms (Sakura Sakura)
Here is some classical music featuring the koto, composed by Toshiko Yonekawa from Japan.
[Music] Steve Layton – Le Visage Nuptial
I’m perfectly pleased to have friends like composer Steve Layton. This is beautifully recorded, organized chaos. A perfect way to wade through this evening.
[Art/History] The Social Historian: Just A Quick List of 17th Century Euphemisms For Being Drunk
From John Ray, A Collection of English Proverbs (1678). ‘Disguised.’ ‘To have a piece of bread and cheese in your head.’ ‘He’s drunk more than he has bled.’ (ouch) ‘Been in the sun.’ ‘Had a jag.’ ‘Had a load.’ ‘To have got a dish.’ ‘To have had a cup too much.’ ‘To be one and […]
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[Music] The Odd Gifts – Migrant Songs
Indies Scope Records out of Prague publish another gem! The Odd Gifts are a Czech band who dedicate this album to the migrant situation occurring throughout Europe.
While the view of the artists and this blog would be at loggerheads as to the causes and effects of the migrant situation, it is still a good gesture on their part to work with musicians who themselves are coming from outside the country, practicing what they preach (a rare thing these days).
The name of the album has two possible meanings/inspirations:
It wasn’t easy to choose the title Migrant Songs, because this topic was so omnipresent already a year ago. But I could not turn back, as the songs really started to work and communicate under this overarching title. They became truly Migrating Songs, producing ever new analogies, meanings, exchanging sounds, themes, guest musicians, and even authors. (Three of the songs are to a different extent remixes of other songs.) For me, looking for analogies is a way to a more complex perspective. I enjoy moments when what at first looks like a comical parallel yields the possibility of a new point of view, a new encounter.
Ondřej Galuška has done quite a job synthesizing post-punk, a touch of ska, new folk, jazz, and good songwriting. Particularly engaging was the song “So Divine.”
Click on the picture if you would like to purchase the album directly from Indies Scope Records.
[Music] Mohammed Abdu / Morning Breeze (محمد عبده – يا نسيم الصباح)
For a country which purportedly frowns on secular music, this is pretty joyful music with no muezzin to be heard anywhere. Mohammed Abdu cuts a cheerful track, though with a title like ‘Morning Breeze,’ one must be careful of what else he may have cut…
[Music] Makhfirat Hamroqulova & Gulshan / Махфират Ҳамроқулова & Гульшан – Дилро Бубин
There isn’t a lot of information on wild psych music coming out of places like Tajikistan, but this isn’t a bad slice of Central Asian arabesque disco-prog, courtesy of Makhfirat Hamroqulova & Gulshan. Hamroqulova is not only a famous singer in the country, but an actress of note as well.
[Music] Аукцыон / Auktyon – Птица / Bird
Auktyon were one of Russia’s best post-punk bands, and certainly among the most creative in what was then Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, Russia.
[Music] Daniel Lanois – Deconstruction (feat. Rocco DeLuca)
Daniel Lanois is a name to everyone who enjoyed early Brian Eno, as well as the peak-era U2 albums, as Lanois produced them. What is forgotten is what a magnificent musician he is on his own. He teams with Rocco DeLuca here for this sublime piece from the album ‘Goodbye To Language’ available September 9th.
Big hat tip to Jeffrey Kinart, who has a knack of discovering gems daily.
[Music] Klara Lewis – Too
Dark, scratchy, and feverishly creepy. This is the hallucinatory soundscape of Klara Lewis, an amazing artist recording for Editions Mego, one of Austria’s coolest weirdo-electronica labels.