Monday, September 30, 2013

Agnes Obel — The Curse (2013)

Move from the underground down by the shore,
How cruel for you to live in the dark before...

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Lavinia Meijer — Metamorphosis (2012)

Excellent harp rendition of Metamorphosis by Philip Glass. The album is called Glass: Metamorphosis, The Hours and is available here. Jogging enthusiasts will love the video.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Colin Stetson — Judges (2011)

Colin Stetson is a bass saxophone player from Montréal with a minimalist approach. He plays saxophone with a circular breathing technique that allows him to play for very long periods unninterupted. His songs are made up of musical textures and repeating patterns. The result is something you have never heard before. The song Judges is featured on the album New History of Warfare Vol. 2 (The third album of the trilogy was released this year).

Friday, September 20, 2013

Pantha du Prince & The Bell Laboratory (2013)

If you are a reader of this blog, chances are you noticed I have an interest for percussive instruments like the hang drum, the gamelan or the marimba. So of course I was intrigued when I heard about this new album. Pantha du Prince is a german house/techno music producer. He has made a speciality in incorporating acoustic elements into his electronic music. The result is a music sounding much more organic than the usual electronic music. Here he teams with The Bell Laboratory, a norwegian collective of carillons and bell players.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Carl Jung's Red Book

I just finished reading Memories, Dreams, Reflections by Carl Jung. It is basically Jung's biography with a lot of personal thoughts on life, spirituality and his profession. The famous psychologist was also an enthusiast of the occult. He had a little red book in wich he drew his dreams, mandalas and mythic images related to his unconscious.

«The years… when I pursued the inner images, were the most important time of my life. Everything else is to be derived from this. It began at that time, and the later details hardly matter anymore. My entire life consisted in elaborating what had burst forth from the unconscious and flooded me like an enigmatic stream and threatened to break me. That was the stuff and material for more than only one life. Everything later was merely the outer classification, scientific elaboration, and the integration into life. But the numinous beginning, which contained everything, was then.» — Carl Jung

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

And Also The Trees @ La Blogotheque

I can't recommend enough the excellent french music blog La Blogotheque. I discovered a lot of new artists through this blog. Their A Take Away Show videos are always a lot of fun. Of course, some artists that have been making music for some time are also showcased here. As it is the case with the post-punk band And Also the Trees. I love the new sound of this band who traded the electric guitars for acoustic instruments. For more music in the same vein I recommend the album Listen For the Rag and Bone Man (2007).

Monday, September 16, 2013

Lycia — Quiet Moments (2013)

This new album from Lycia delivers the usual darkwave / ambient music. It is their first album in 13 years! Their sound has not changed at all since their 1989 demo. Ideal for this time of the year when the air is getting colder and the leaves start falling. You can purchase the album via Handmade Birds Records.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Art of Gee Vaucher (Crass)

Gee Vaucher is an artist, better known for her collages work on record sleeves for the anarcho-punk band Crass. Her art deal with a lot of political themes such as feminism, pacifism and the critique of capitalism.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Boards of Canada — Reach for the Dead (2013)

Chances are, if you follow music through blogs, you have already seen this video. Reach for the Dead, the new single from Boards of Canada was relased earlier this year. I wasn't a Boards of Canada fan before but I think this song is just perfect. Something about the haunting retro sound of the synths reminds me of 70's electronic bands like Tangerine Dream. This superb video is directed by photographer Neil Krug.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

! Modern Marimba ¡

I had to post about this marimba thing so I guess my blog is reopened! I recently stumbled on a video by a guy called Evan Chapman playing an excellent version of the song Opening by Philip Glass (on the Glassworks album). There is something about the sound of this instruments that makes the song sound better. I feel like the sounds are softer, more flowing than on the original. So I went looking for a studio recording of this song. Turns out I found one. It's by Nathaniel Bartlett on an album called Precipice: Modern Marimba. The album contains marimba renditions of modern composers classics: Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Stravinsky, Boulez and Bartók to name a few. You can buy the excellent Opening version by Nathaniel Bartlett here.