Comments from mattgum

I wasn't immediately impressed when I first saw this on Saturday in London. First it felt too similar to the sound world of Vulnicura; also the song felt devoid of melody, harmonic invention, the most interesting elements were "sound effects".. all surface embellishments no substance? Now away from the Store Studios' unsympathetic speakers it's grown enormously on me; yes there's no melody to speak off, but the atmospherics are incredible; even without the video's assistance it generates this sense of enormous emptiness and calmness to let the voice take centre stage and emanate a glowing warmth. The substantial use of silences is like almost nothing in her oeuvre. Also glad at her continued interest in microtonal/untuned instrumentation. All in all a pleasant but subtle new step in Björk's songwriting experiments. Can't wait for the whole album!
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September 18, 2017 on Bjork – “The Gate” Video
Packt like sardines 1:46?
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September 12, 2017 on Radiohead – “Lift” Video
I'll keep referring to them as Red and Yellow.
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June 30, 2017 on Looks Like Beyoncé And JAY-Z’s Twins Are Named Rumi And Sir
Twigs is pulling Tyler to where?
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April 12, 2015 on The 8 Best Moments Of Coachella 2015 Saturday
And as someone pointed out, 20 Dollar's "do you know that cost of AK's up in Africa / 20 dollars ain't shit to you but that's how much they are" & "I put people on the map that never seen a map" might be the most memorable and thought-provoking of her lyrics ever.
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November 11, 2013 on The 10 Best M.I.A. Songs
Glad to see some Teqkilla love here. That's one seriously drugged up jam, it always sounds like a wild party in a South Asian jungle to me. The suddenly high pitched chorus "I got sticky sticky icky icky weeeeed" always gets me. And the word play... And Kala is seriously bad ass. Just from Tracks 4-7 we have the Indian, African, Aboriginal Australian and spaced-out Pixies references, only to go into World Town. Ultimately climaxing at Paper Planes. Orgasm.
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November 11, 2013 on The 10 Best M.I.A. Songs
I know I'm like "calm down guys" when people freak out over other lists. But WTF? Is this a joke? The Dreaming second to last?
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October 7, 2013 on Kate Bush Albums From Worst To Best
I read it as album of the year tease. Probably not far from the truth
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August 5, 2013 on Is Arcade Fire’s New Album Titled Reflektor?
Who knows, maybe they'll do a Crown of Love halfway through the song...
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July 25, 2013 on Preview Arcade Fire’s Cover Of Peter Gabriel’s “Games Without Frontiers”
I watched this here last night and got the album today (not familiar with Apple before). Amazing.
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July 25, 2013 on Fiona Apple – “Hot Knife” Video (Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
Anyone else get a whiff of Missy influence on this? Amazing stuff.
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June 25, 2013 on M.I.A. – “Bring The Noize” Video
Yeh me too, now I know I am not alone. This certainly has adversely affected my voting frequency. Any response from Stereogum about this?
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June 11, 2013 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
One of those albums which almost everybody thinks is over-long, yet they can't agree on which tracks to leave out. Even I myself am not sure. I love We suck Young Blood and The Gloaming though, and am less keen on There there than most people
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June 7, 2013 on Hail To The Thief Turns 10
Agree with everything you said, except that Hidden Place is a genuine masterpiece. Sophisticated harmonies, exquisite melodies clashing with exotic scales chanted by the choir, and a truly mysterious atmosphere. And yes, while the Orca album might not be a bona fide Björk album, Selmasongs is definitely an integral part of the canon and part of her development. Scatterheart and New World are exactly the stylistic bridge between Homogenic and Vespertine.
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February 27, 2013 on Björk Albums From Worst To Best
I discovered Björk through Vespertine! Along with Kid A at the same time. Still two of my absolute favourite albums. (and solo artist and band too, probably)
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February 23, 2013 on Björk Albums From Worst To Best
Surely Vespertine is ranked too low, and I'm shocked at the hate it's received in the write-up. It seems to neglect the fact that Björk set out to make an adult, unashamedly all-out erotic, intimate album so anyone looking for epic beats and dance tracks would be bound to be disappointed. And seriously, how can anyone not get "With a beard and a pipe/And a parrot on each side"!? SPOILER IT'S ABOUT HER MAN'S PRIVATE PARTS Overall, though, I've always loved Björk for growing with me as my own musical tastes change. Pretty much the only one constant in her music is the voice, and no two albums are too similar. Huge beats + cinematic strings in Homogenic, microbeats in Vespertine, all sort of vocal exploration in Medulla, a dominance of brass in Volta and so on. Compare Debut (with its cutesiness) and Biophilia (with all the irregular time signatures and almost deliberate focus on texture as opposed to melody), it's impressive how far she's pushed herself.
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February 22, 2013 on Björk Albums From Worst To Best
I feel bad, Cerebus. But maybe my unpopular opinion was really just one downvote more unpopular than yours.
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October 28, 2012 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
I know it's blasphemy around these parts, but does anybody else feel OK Computer is *ever so slightly* overrated? I love it, but maybe it's so definitive of its era sometimes I feel it's a bit dated. Ever so slightly.
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October 25, 2012 on Radiohead Albums From Worst To Best
I like it. But I don't know about the name change to Sufjam.
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October 12, 2012 on Sufjan Stevens – “Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling”
I'm being a bit too serious I guess, but this news (be it gimmick or foresight or madness on Beck's part) made me think how wonderfully happy this would make a music fan who has lost his/her hearing, assuming he or she has learned to read sheet music previously. More musicians should do this.
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August 9, 2012 on New Beck Album Song Reader Only Available As Sheet Music
Should I feel annoyed/bewildered at the absence of solo female acts here? Good feature though.
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January 6, 2012 on 10 Classic Albums Released 10 Years Into A Band’s Career