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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Dalliance #1


Dalliance #1 is the first in a newly inaugurated series of assemblages under the auspices of LMYE for those who like to dally with Dance - compiled by MixCzar 'al'. The Dalliance mission is somewhat nebulous – mercurial perhaps, but something vaguely articulable in terms of a Bermudaesque triangle of dance-related genres (techno, bass, IDM) in which the Get-Down-And-Boogie-Imperative goes missing; appropriate listener response may thus be seen more in terms of dalliance than dance (go with it). Some of the tracks and artists featuring in Dalliance #1 are teasingly trailed below. Lend some ear, people!

Kassem Mosse 'Workshop 12bb' (Workshop) by punchdrunkmusicdotcom

Kangding Ray . OR . rn123 . preview by kror

Tin Man - Nonneo Donato Dozzy remix (clip) by Absurd







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Friday, 24 June 2011

Aide-memoire



A hopeful refry of LMYE's ultimately unsatisfying earlier attempts (also this) at 'curatorial' posting: an aide-memoire compilation of 10 mostly new releases (plus one for luck) that I've yet to hear but want & mean to, by artists I - &, in some cases, we - rate or am interested in hearing - fixed here against the relentless onward rush of time & tasks, preserved for chewing over later...


NB: all streams taken from Experimedia's exemplary album previews...
















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Sunday, 19 June 2011

Corporeal wilderness



Hot on the heels of his post-jazz quartet, more Vladislav Delay goodness - this time in the gloopy, lateral form of the nicely non-generic Latoma EP. A kind of meta dub techno, both the
swampy slurring original (eventually flogged along into something more kinetic) & the spacious, almost languidly round-the-houses Loderbauer/Villalobos remix seem to energise themselves - the Villo to the extent it can be arsed... - by toying with the genre's tropes. But the best of all may well be the pounding, shuddering lope of Korpi.

Photos by Emanuele Sason (top), Allert Aalders & Nicola / Fotonix (bottom).


More excerpts via Hardwax: Latoma / Korpi / Latoma (Villo Remix)





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Thursday, 16 June 2011

Latching onto Form


Nice work by New Kid on the Ambient-electronica Block, Aria Rostami, whose ‘attempt to latch onto form, but losing it all to the elements...’ is worth more than a voyeuristic squint. His Form on Audiomoves comes with his own background notes: "Form was recorded in the Winter of 2010/2011 and marks that very specific time in my life. I started recording Form after my project, feie, went on hiatus and for all I know may never exist again. This work reflects my understanding and appreciation for all things coming to an end. The album starts off kicking and screaming and slowly unwinds from then on. Sounds burst out like living organisms, somewhat imperfect and random and then fall apart by refolding into themselves. It carries a bittersweet sentiment, a dying organism so to speak. It is a desperate attempt to latch onto form, but losing it all to the elements. The sound is unstable and fragile. The low ends hold power over everything. It is a battle between what an individual pursues and the overwhelming power of nature. The last song on the album is infinitely loop-able; an old memory as it plays forever."

Audiomoves is a download-only offshoot of David Newman’s estimable Audiobulb label, that has previous (good) form with budding talent - see Szymon Kaliski’s Out of Forgetting (previously on LMYE here and here), and Pascal Savy’s The Silent Watcher (psst! ...over 'ere). Form is a good fit with the 'bulb’s blend of experimental-lite ambient with electronica-IDM (pardon the terminological pile-up, but you’ll hopefully get my shorthand drift): melancholic keyboard lines, infusions of rhythm skitter, though overall Rostami’s approach takes more from ambient timbres – silvery synth lines and plentiful pianisms with a filigree of glitch stitching, as heard to good effect on the likes of opener "Japanese Parisian":

Japanese Parisian by ariarostami

And continued on the evocative likes of "Cleare" and "Mata Hari", which combine lyrical figure with low-end kinesis over fields of colour:

Aria Rostami-Cleare by Audiomoves

Mata Hari by ariarostami

Aria Rostami - "Black Tile" from Matthew Sevilla on Vimeo.



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Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Desert or pole



By the time this is up, this half of LMYE should have made it - at long, long last - over to Berlin. The faint hope of hearing new-ish resident Fabio Orsi while there adds considerably to the city's already huge allure.

I'm coming to revere Orsi. Seriously, is there anything he can't do? Gentle drifting accumulation, arcing metallic shards, twangy blues cut-ups, intense swirling drones, bleepy kosmische explorations - as the three contrasting streams below (one with Valerio Cosi, whose work I also need to explore more...) underline, his range is pretty vast - & its impact consistently high.

Time to pack for Stephankiez. A bigger piece on return...






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Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Signing the sky


There's nothing paradoxical about Zeno van den Broek's Machinist. Sorry: feeble pun & not even entirely true of his new Of What Once Was, another fine notch in Moving Furniture's, er, bedpost (let's take the apologies as read from here on...).

OWOW's deft Kleinian montones have certainly travelled far from the jagged near-ferocities of earlier work (stream some highlights of that era below). But if there's any arrowing paradox to be had here it's in the pairing of a richly programmatic first half - Mono tone in d ("an electric guitar piece in d, with the only variation being the length of tones and different shapes of resonance") - & the beautiful live improvisation of the eponymous second, which bookends (MFR's apt term) the earlier work by deconstructing its peak (the densely romantic, almost post-rocking [& again Klein-alluding] Viens Avec Moi Dans Le Vide, Betontoon).

The label claims the latter "marks the transition in the sonic adventures of MACHINIST from guitar based drone work into new and as of yet uncharted territories and unknown spatiality". These ears would probably argue that of Mono tone in d instead - but then they barely know the difference between contrast & paradox, apparently...

Blurb: "The red thread throughout the album is the use of electric guitar as a means to embark on a sonic quest for the tension between spatial sound and tonality of field recordings and the, per se, non-spatiality of computer-generated tones and noise and the inherent resonance(s) of the electric guitar and amplifier(s). These aspects all coalesce in the listening space where the listener experiences the sonic and spatial factors inherent in both pieces."










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Saturday, 11 June 2011

Magic Number Upgrade


Thrilling softly to the song of 36, whose Reunion/Deluge, latest in lovely "3six Seven" series of ltd. ed. 7”s, continues his sonorous Sixing-up of the Magic Number. Mr Six (3 to his mates) here maintains a spotless record for gauzy drawn-out texturalism with a chorally-enhanced set of his customary immersive drift-scapes. As with the preceding Cocoon/Saphron, it makes for a nifty package for ambience-chasing vinyl-buffs, with arresting artwork by underwater photographer, Elena Kalis. Pressing of both was, alas, limited to a paltry 100 and now the little blighters are download only.

Reunion (Sample) by 3six

Deluge (Sample) by 3six

Wraith (Sample) by 3six

“The "3six Seven" series is a collection of 7" vinyl releases. These will be limited to 100 copies, in carefully printed full-colour sleeves, matte laminated, with stunning artwork, curated by various artists around the world. Hand numbered by the artist. No represses will be made in this format.”








Previous LMYE 36 coverage here.

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Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Viable mantra



A rousing, mounting soundtrack for metropolitan rebirth - the slo-mo reverberations & roar of Steve Swartz's magnetic Prayer for My City (part of a compilation, Slow Motion).

"Inspired by the amazing sense of hope emanating from a new class of multidisciplinary entrepreneurial artistic types that are rising up throughout Detroit to reclaim it and make it into something new. There’s a fire that exists here despite our economic troubles. A new creative culture that is trying to burn away the old baggage and build a new city that can be as monolithic in its creative future as it was in the early days of its industrious past. The most viable vehicle in Detroit is the creative spirit and the only vehicle that will carry us through the fire. This new piece of music is a prayer and mantra to rebuild, rebuild, rebuild."





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Saturday, 4 June 2011

Najstarsza niekomercyjna



Where next after the sombre, radiant perfection of For Patterns (from last year's Out of Forgetting, covered here previously)? As the compilation of streams below shows, Szymon Kaliski is still exploring ways to answer that question - reworking facets of his lambent sound, most recently on the new For Isolated Recollections EP for Hibernate.

FIR rakes its four piano studies with a kind of wispy found sound scourer. Kaliski de-varnishes pieces like Or Gently that were already quite unadorned (though whose surface prettiness is rewardingly offset by the puffs, scrapes & squirts he exposes them to).

At other times (like his contribution to the Chequerboard series, And Then Replaced) Kaliski all but abandons his keyboard to trade in a murky sort-of drone - only bringing the keys back for a lambent coda at the very end.


Two live performances late last year & early this stand out among Kaliski's recent work - especially a burbling, untypical improvisation from Poznan in February, but also the reverberating delicacies of a downloadable radio show that exemplifies how affecting his, er, classic neo-classicism can be...











Szymon Kaliski - (Time To) Consider [w/ Monolyth & Cobalt]


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