Trembling Bells: Carbeth
Wow, I had no idea that this was the record I was waiting for. Totally Lief & Liege
era Fairport Convention style of brit-folk-rock, played with backward-looking sentimentality. But it has the kind of loose performance & joy of experience that the last Palace records had, before the transition into the more focused BPB albums. While there is nothing remotely "original" to this record, it is a joy to hear this music played with life & love, as compared to the pretty but moribund sounds of Espers or some of those other precious neo-brit folkers. This makes me so happy.
Sun O)))): Monoliths & Dimensions
So even the dregs of cultural reportage like New York Magazine
are writing adulatory pieces about Sun now, so I assume the backlash must be in effect out there somewhere. Whatever. I'm loving it. The violins, the chorus: love it. The bigger Sun goes the better. I'd like to see them do a full Pink Floyd style orchestral bullshit performance. I want to see them play on the moon.
Haptic: The Medium
Like I think I've mentioned before, it's hard to write a "review" of a drone record. Assessing drone is more like assessing how deeply the music allows you immerse yourself in it. This is the deep end of the pool. And then you discover a tunnel that takes you straight down into the marrow of the earth. And then you realize that you can breath water & then you realize that it's not even water.
Mechanical noise trickles into grey waves while flutish feedback floats over top. Rhythms that could be cymbals or could be looped up clusters of noise layer across the music. There is an ongoing tension of potential explosion, but the art of this record is to keep it escalating & pulsing while never letting it escape. The Medium
is the kind of record to put on while your working on something & then you realize that you're having the most amazing inspirational experience & you're not sure why & then you realize that it's because this record is lifting you out of your self. Or it's the kind of record to listen to on your ipod while walking through the city & watching how everything before you plays out at the pace of the music & suddenly the banal shit that you do to make it through the day is amazing & the look on that stranger's face that you could have mistaken for fear is a look of wonder. FSS Records
pretty has a perfect track record so far. Go to their site & get one of each. (OH!!! I just realized that they put out a record by my favorite Richmond noisyheads Cristal. I need to hear that.)
Omar Souleyman: Dabke 2020: Folk & Pop Sounds of Syria
He's back! Not knowing anything about this guy other than the previous record, I'd figured the first one from Sublime Frequencies was going to be it. I'm so excited to get a second batch of his music. If you don't feel good about the world while listening to this then I can only assume that you've been infected by some kind of parasite that saps all the love out of you. This is some of the most vibrant & exciting dance music happening right now. Hyper-driven oud melodies atop a mix of casio beats & trad drums with incantatory vocals spit out like a street-level rapper. Damn. I mean, daaaamn.