this song is killin’ it….glad to here anco back to the zany psychedelia of strawberry jam. i did enjoy mpp, but it veers on being too conventional….
some of sufie’s autotune stuff, particularly the side project (sss) is not my cup of tea…but the planetarium project, featuring vocoder on songs like Jupiter and Saturn sound really fantastic …
ya, prefuse is a definite forerunner of flylo…
this is straying into owl city territory…not feeling it.
dirty three, sufjan hopefully
I like Bon Iver….i’m going to the show tomorrow in Toronto, but I think The Avalanches make a worthwhile point. We’re talking about the selling of image…some artists are comfortable with this negotiation between commerce and art, others are not. Apparently, (as tweeted)The Avalanches turned down ad-revenue that would have dug them out of a steep financial hole, because of artistic ethics…i applaud them.
the Washed Out album (Within and Without) is the record i’ve been jammin’ to the most, which is a good indicator that it is my favourite.
sufjan is a master of melody and lyricism…only those with no understanding of his themes would consider him inoffensive and tame….granted, his modus-operandi is not to confront, but to woo (does all music and message need to be confrontational?)…there’s wisdom in subtlety and nuance, and to be able to say something grand and in ‘parable’ without the clunkiness of literalism…
i barely listen to the strokes anymore, but this album is really solid and a vast improvement over FIOE, which I think I’ve maybe listened to once…. I just wished that all of the songs were as fwd thinking as “Games”, “You’re so right”, “Life is Simple…” nonetheless a very good modern sounding record….
i’ve listened to alot of new music today…and after one listen this is not really floating my boat right now. I do like the electronics, but Yorke’s vocals over the these last two records have really caused me to lose interest in this band…both his delivery and the melodies he’s contrived…now back to the new colin stetson
i fear radiohead’s most potent work is behind them…In Rainbows for me was a big let down…it veered into a staid ‘adult contemporary’ far too many times, with little vitality or urgency of previous works. It was the sound of the band mellowing, but not in a good way imho….maybe this record will bring some of that spark back, but i fear not…Amnesiac is an amazing, paranoid pre-apocalyptic record that will always be special for me…
there are a few decent tracks on the album/and personally speaking Runaway isn’t one of them. I listened to the album before release and before the critical attention….and it came across to my pallet as very mediocre…but I’ve never been much of a Kanye fan. Mainstream rap,and I would put Kanye in this boat, is still about commodity, merchandising, bravado….themes which I can’t identify with….
good review Octavius. his antics remind me of early aphex twin, who would spin sandpaper instead of records, or press play on a laptop and disappear, and walk out of the venue. that sort of contempt for an audience rubs me the wrong way though/and shows a lack of appreciation for peoples money and time.
there’s so much good music that doesn’t make it for review on Pitchfork. I feel Popmatters end-of-year lists are much more comprehensive. Also, I’m really liking this album, “Start a New Life”, by Slacker, which received very little press, but is really an extraordinary electronic release. Also, Avey Tare’s record is astonishing for it’s originality….I couldn’t care for Kanye or most mainstream hip-hop… for my money, Joanna Newsom (and Have One on Me) is music that will still resonate for decades to come/unlike alot of transient music on these lists in general…
…finally…’our thickness’ is so underrated
sufjan’s being playing around with electronic sounds since enjoy your rabbit, and probably before that.
i really like what i’m hearing…primarily because i have a deep appreciation and love of electronic music. Music shouldn’t be judged by the locale or means by which it is made. This is some good stuff. Thanks Stereogum.
Djohariah – gorgeous, gorgeous song.