The Fall – Wings (1983)

October 10, 2017 Leave a comment

The Fall at close to the peak of their powers. Taken from the seminal double 7″ single “Kicker Conspiracy”, “Wings” finds Mark E. Smith channeling his inner Stooges. Relentless guitar, a pounding bass and lyrics worth an effort to decipher …

Ended up under Ardwick Bridge.
With some veterans from the U.S. Civil War.
They were under Irish patronage.
We shot dead a stupid sergeant,
but I got hit in the crossfire.
The lucky hit made me hit a time lock.

Nope, me, neither.

Great video!

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Aphex Twin – Rhubarb (1994)

October 9, 2017 Leave a comment

A great companion piece to the John Cage track posted earlier tonight. “Rhubarb” is taken from Aphex Twin’s classic Selected Ambient Works Volume II released on Warp Records in 1994. If I recall, most of the tracks are untitled but have been named according to the various pictures that accompany them.

This is a beautiful piece which reminds me a lot of Brian Eno’s “An Ending (Ascent)” from 1983 previously posted here. That is, in itself, no bad thing!

Perfect ambient techno.

John Cage – In A Landscape (1948)

October 9, 2017 Leave a comment

Maybe one for a Sunday morning but sounds great on a Monday night. Dreamy, delicate, lyrical piano piece from the avant garde master. Nothing to say. Outstanding.

War On Drugs – Burning (2014)

October 8, 2017 Leave a comment

I was out in the garden the other day tending the lawn (punk rock!) listening to random songs on the iPod (are they still going?), when this came on. Didn’t place it immediately but resolved to get it onto the bestmusicofalltime when I remembered who it was! Not least because War On Drugs are a favourite of my eldest daughter!

Some rather snide commentators moan that War On Drugs sound like Bruce Springsteen and/or New Order and that this track reminds them of Rod Stewart’s “Young Turks” (sounds like a winner!) For me, the melody is redolent of Springsteen’s “Nothing Man” (one of his songs about 9/11 previously posted here) and there is something of Modern English’s “I Melt With You” about the keyboard. As such, what’s not to like?!

Taken from their 2014 LP Lost In The Dream, perfect pop music for the modern age!

Soul Brothers – Sebenzubuye (1989)

October 8, 2017 Leave a comment

Kings of the South African township jive who started back in the 1970s and whose sound underpinned so many of the records released on the wonderful Earthworks label during the 1980s.

They released so many great tracks but why not start here? Melancholic and uplifting in equal measure, “Sebenzubuye” featured on the Impimpi LP released in 1989 and its only fault is that it isn’t twice as long. At least.

Perfection!

Autechre – Pathetic Triangle (2001)

October 8, 2017 Leave a comment

This is pretty brutal techno from Autechre –  one of the mainstays of the wonderful Warp Records stable and producers of uneasy listening since the early 1990s.

Taken from their sixth LP Confield, this track soars above their typical output with the eerie gamelan samples that sit somewhere deep down in the mix and which leaven the relentless percussion and bass which would otherwise overwhelm the listener into exhausted submission.

As Autechre goes, a real toe-tapper!

Laraaji – The Dance #2 and #3 (1980)

October 8, 2017 Leave a comment

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been re-reading a number of books by David Toop (Ocean of Sound, Haunted Weather, etc) and listening to all the wonderful CDs in the “Ambient” series on Virgin Records associated with those books.

Plenty of gems to post but why not start here?

Produced by Brian Eno, Laraaji was responsible for the Ambient 3 (Day of Radiance) LP released in 1980 on EG Records. Part of a series of stunning releases featuring Eno, these two tracks, in particular, are mesmeric.

Immersive, gamelan-esque, percussive, perfection.

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