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four songs bliss wonder

>> Tuesday, January 13, 2009




(mp3) animal collective - "for my girls"
(mp3) nero - "night thunder"
(mp3) pinch - "chamber dub"
(mp3) joose keskitalo - "minä ja kapteeni"


the songs in this pack all have a certain dreaminess and wonder to them. two "up", two "down".

the first song is off the new animal collective album. i've actually tried not to bother with the animal collective (pictured), despite liking some of the songs on an early album, "sung tongs". frankly, a lot of my apprehension comes from the sheer amounts of time it takes to specialize as i do in international, electronic and experimental music and not wanting to wade into the sea of vague rock and dance pop that makes up most of the (other) hipster oeuvre. however, i dig this new album... they sound like the beach boys at a rave. from the lyrics of "for my girls":

"There isn't much that I feel I need
A solid soul and the blood I bleed
With a little girl, and by my spouse
I only want a proper house"

the next two songs are just dubstep, by certain measures. i find the nero track excitingly pretty and yet grimey, and the pinch track is just another peculiar and cavernous affair from this under-appreciated producer. "underwater dancehall" remains a very adventurous and deep album to me (despite not really feeling like playing it often... odd...) both of these tracks would be fire with a vocal... most dubstep would be improved with vocals (and less movie samples...)

for the last song, i heard it on dj/rupture's great wfmu show, and admittedly i felt a bit challenged by his assertion that we wouldn't hear this tune anywhere. anyway, i'm thankful i heard it on rupture's show (particularly the second non-vocal half he played) of this beautiful soundscape and i hope it's heard many more places... by putting this finnish wikipedia site for into this translator i got some funny facts about joose, such as that he "is idiosyncratic lavakarisma, shapeless, indeed inhorealistiset sanoitukset"

2 comments:

carlos January 19, 2009 at 2:15 PM  

sweet collection man. i also quite enjoyed the new animal collective album. i've been 'into' them since here comes the indian, but stopped caring as much after sung tongs (for no good reason beyond the one you mention in your post). the new one, though, is exceptional.

re: your question about palestinean and israeli hip-hop. i don't really have much, and all i've been able to access has been what i've learned about from the documentary Slingshot Hip Hop (it's about palestinean hip hop + the intifada).

http://slingshothiphop.com/links

scroll down and there's a nice list of artists to get your digging started.

james gyre... January 19, 2009 at 4:03 PM  

thanks carlos... i'll definitely check out the documentary... a link to the torrent for the movie is here.

should be a good night...

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