August 21, 2010
Eclectic Mixup 5 – Moonlight Sonatas
Does music sound better at night? Yes. And also no. Sometimes. These tracks do…
A beautiful, much-covered standard from Argentinian folk singer and activist Mercedes Sosa. Also works well soundtracking a flashback following the death of Che Guevara (see Steven Soderbergh’s 2008 biopic Che: A Revolutionary Life).
Slice of added ambience from already ambient techno producer Hendrik Weber, AKA Pantha du Prince. Now working on Rough Trade Records, this is taken from third album Black Noise.
French artist Camille Dalmais (Camille) has an unusual approach to songwriting/recording, inserting her voice in to the rhythmic and harmonic elements of her tracks. like some horrifying cross between Bjork’s Medulla and Bobby Mcferrin. Sounds rubbish, I know. This track taken, from the UK edition of 2005’s Le Fil, tones all that fancy business down a bit.
Multiple Flavour-Of-The-Month winner Jack Peñate has his addictive highlife guitar-led anthem beefed up a bit, de-vocalised, and improved. A bit more at the livelier end of things, but nighttime listening all the same.
Highly eclectic producer Gold Panda has finally emerged from out of his ‘in demand remixer’ box and released some of his own tracks in the form a series of EPs. Lonely Owl is taken from 2009’s Before.
Another one for the End of the Road crowd here. LA’s Dengue Fever perform a unique mix of psychedelic rock and Cambodian pop, and do it well. This psychotic creeper is from 2008’s Venus on Earth.
I know very little about Soweto’s Mgababa Queens, but came across this piece of liquid-gold harmony on a mix by Ted Jahng taken from the brilliant Soul Sides blog (see blog links.)
The undisputed king of (washed out) dream pop/chillwave blesses us with more of the same. This time Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek is on hand to add vocals over the warped cassette production.
Lastly just a quick tribute to Little Feat drummer Richie Hayward, who passed away earlier this month. Not strictly nighttime listening, but RIP all the same.