Eugenia

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She actually fell very gracefully, especially considering her high heels. Good reflexes on her part putting her left leg on the step below her too, to soften the fall. Any other woman, even 15 years younger than her, would have probably broken something. Extra points for her: the video showed that she was singing live too (since there was no singing when she fell, apart from backup vocals).
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February 25, 2015 on Watch Madonna Fall Off The Stage At The BRIT Awards
I like this very much. Please note that I always disliked Florence because of her voice overshadowing the music (it was mixed too high and it was too frequent for my musical tastes). This is exactly the type of mixing/music I like instead. The human voice being just a part of the whole piece, and not the center piece.
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February 10, 2015 on Florence + The Machine – “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” Video
I love the song. But then again, I almost never try to listen to the lyrics, because not being a native English speaker, is hard for me to make it up (a few times i might research a song later about it). So I usually ignore that part, and so if the actual beat/music is good, that's good for me. And this one rocks.
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October 20, 2014 on Ariel Pink – “Black Ballerina”
Agreed. None of the two singles released so far do it for me either.
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August 18, 2014 on Caribou – “Our Love”
I'm not feeling this. In their previous albums, particularly on 936, there was a strong atmosphere. The psychedelic element was high, and it moved the listener to another state of mind. This sample just don't it at all for me. It's not because it's not "dub", but it's simply because it's missing a strong, defined atmosphere. Too many vocals too, they strive for a more pop album, but this takes away what made them unique.
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August 18, 2014 on Peaking Lights – “Breakdown”
He's a great guy, and a great artist. He deserved this!
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July 23, 2014 on Weird Al Earns First #1 With Mandatory Fun
Fun song!
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July 17, 2014 on The Rosebuds – “Blue Eyes”
Love it!
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July 7, 2014 on Tim Hecker – “Amps, Drugs, Mellotron”
I don't like that Grimes song. It's a depart from the aesthetics we had known her for. This one is too, I don't know, less interesting with that "party" sound.
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June 27, 2014 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
The following is my honest opinion on this track. So, nothing new here as music itself is concerned. The whole construct of the piece is like plain pop, in fact, it's close to country-pop music, but with electronic instruments on the background instead. The music itself plays a very secondary role, it's barely audible, Jesus' voice completely overpowers and dominates the piece. So basically this is a very pop piece (the kind they used to have in the early '90s, but with barely audible synths or progression), that tries to convince us that it's rad/indie/experimental/etc. It's not in my view. It's something I've heard before a thousand times. The music itself only starts to become interesting, standing on its own two feet, in the last 4 seconds of the track.
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June 23, 2014 on Zola Jesus – “Dangerous Days”
Exactly! Whenever I say to my friends that I don't care about lyrics, and I like the human voice to blend with the music (or at least not stand-out as it does in most forms of music) they look at me funny. It's just that such kind of "human voice comes first" of music doesn't touch me at all. The above Caribou song is obviously heaps better than most music out there, and it does it right in terms of voice-mixing. But it doesn't touch the great heights of grand, cinematic-like music. Love the bands you mentioned btw. :)
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June 3, 2014 on Caribou – “Can’t Do Without You”
> you may find me in your boat in a few month’s time as well. ;-) > What did you think of “Rival Dealer” and “Truant/Rough Sleeper” ? IMHO, not as good as Kindred. They both had a very generic sound, like normal house/R&B/techno kind of thing, but in a more experimental tone. Unfortunately, this didn't work for me in terms of soundscape, it didn't create a strong otherwordly atmosphere and landscape in my mind like Kindred did. Kindred was like a horror movie in your ears. It had substance, it made you feel like a movie plot would, not just some notes. I have tried to analyze over the years why I like that certain type of music, and I found that everything I like could be thought of as "cinematic". From classical music (that is the most common music for movies too), to Burial's Kindred, to OPointNever, to Forest Swords, to Salem's Kings Night, to Caribou's Jamelia, they all feel like the soundtrack of a movie that doesn't exist. You make up the movie's landscapes and feelings in your mind, while listening to the music. To me, this is an indispensable quality. If a piece of music doesn't create this in my mind, I don't consider it good music somehow. To me music is a tool that elevates me in another dimension of sorts. So it requires a very specific type of music to achieve this. Now of course, I might be wrong about this, or I might be just too single minded, or too narrow minded. But I like what I like. ;-)
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June 3, 2014 on Caribou – “Can’t Do Without You”
I was referring to Kindred. However I don't agree that (if according to your theory the album gets more interesting down the line) he should have released this (essentially an intro) song as first PR song. If it's not indicative of the album, then it should not have been released IMHO. My theory is that most of the album is like that intro song though. Just normal electronic music we've heard before. He might have 1-2 Jamelia-like songs in there or not (we will know in a month's time), but that doesn't make the whole album a masterpiece in that case. It just makes it an "ok" electronic album with 2 very good songs in it. This is not enough for me, because I truly expected more out of Caribou. I felt disappointed when I heard this earlier today. That's all.
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June 3, 2014 on Caribou – “Can’t Do Without You”
Also, Burial (that is mentioned in the article), uses thematic development big time, especially in his older EP. This song above though just doesn't have any of it almost. It has two layers next to each other, clearly separated, that only intensify with time, and a repetitive lyric. It's too simple of a music for my taste. It just doesn't take me to the heights that Jamelia did. It's not as interesting.
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June 3, 2014 on Caribou – “Can’t Do Without You”
Ok, I remembered the word: Thematic transformation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thematic_transformation Again, Jamelia had that in a big way, and it had a big impact to me.
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June 3, 2014 on Caribou – “Can’t Do Without You”
"Well this is the first track of the album. I say we wait to see what the other songs sound like before thinking he hasn’t progressed." Sorry, but that would mean that he picked the wrong song to show off his new album then. Either way, bad PR. As for "he hasn't progressed", I never said that. I meant progression within a track, along surprising twists and turns that ultimately do fit together. All that have a specific word in the musical language, but it escapes me right now. Jamelia used that motif.
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June 3, 2014 on Caribou – “Can’t Do Without You”
No, Odessa didn't either. But Jamelia did. This is why was the last track in the album. Because it was so different. I was hoping that his new album would be built around the Jamelia sound and sensibilities but instead I feel that we're getting something that we've heard before many times.
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June 3, 2014 on Caribou – “Can’t Do Without You”
Sorry, I'm not very impressed about this track. I hope the rest of the album is not as repetitive. There is very little progression in it. The best track he ever written in my opinion was "Jamelia": https://vimeo.com/20432366 This track could be characterized as a modern-day classical music type of thing: it took you to a place and that place was changing. It was telling a story musically. It had its surprises too! This one instead, is the same thing over and over between the normal voice and the low voice, with two different types of music underneath that simply intensified over time but didn't fundamentally change. I can't get excited about this. It feels easy and uninteresting to me. As a listener, I want something with more depth and twists and turns.
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June 3, 2014 on Caribou – “Can’t Do Without You”
I absolutely don't like his voice bare, like that. I have the same problem with other artists too, that make very atmospheric music, and then the human voice destroys all that atmosphere because it's not processed the same way the music, so it "gets on top" of the whole listening thing. I'm personally not interesting in the human voice being the central point of the music, which is why I love music where the voice blends with the music, e.g. the old Washed Out, John Maus, the old How To Dress Well. This is just plain pop in my ears. Sure, the actual music behind is two orders of magnitude more interesting than plain pop, but the singing voice, it's just plain R&B/pop. It's pushing me out of the whole atmosphere.
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March 6, 2014 on How To Dress Well – “Words I Don’t Remember”
I didn't like where they were going in the last few years (more banal pop), but THIS is good! Well done!
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February 25, 2014 on Coldplay – “Midnight”