November 6, 2010
Recent Listening: November
I guess, by default, this could be an extension of the Autumnal Mixup post from below; more cold weather music for the crisp days and cold nights ahead……
Brazilian artist Babe, Terror soundtracks the night to his native Sao Paulo using only layers of his own voice and plenty of effects. Here, that voice is given a body thanks to a Four Tet reworking of a recent track from the Havai EP. (Remix also on the EP)
Indie hipster-darlings Twin Sister open their Color of Life EP with this slow-building, minimalist slice of mood; all insistent rhythms and long, intermittent chords.
Iceland has produced some beautiful music over the years (cue periodical reference to Bjork’s Vespertine and Homogenic albums), and Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir (aka Kría Brekkan) is pushing for top spot on that list. Former múm frontwoman, and wife of Animal Collective’s Animal Collective’s Avey Tare, Brekkan released this hypnotically spooky track on 2007’s Wildering 7″.
Oregon singer-songwriter (that term still makes me shudder, but is necessary for universal description) Benoit Pioulard continues his prolific streak of releases with lasted album Lasted. Vinyl crackle leads in to Shouting Distance, a jaunty acoustic effort with that would be unpalatabley saccharine in the hands of, say, Badly Drawn Boy, but has a weary feel here, with plenty of autumnal colour.
A rare sanctuary of calm in the middle of the raw, ear-pounding rocker that is this year Grinderman 2 album, What I Know finds Nick Cave in an uncharacteristically relenting and nostalgic mood over ambient production. For those that need reminding what Grinderman are really all about after listening to this, please check out the video for Heathen Child from the same album…