Here’s my first playlist of the year featuring a bunch of tracks I’ve enjoyed over the past couple of weeks, new and old. I’ve titled it ‘Steamed Hams’.
Features my favourite Factory Floor track that I had forgot existed, and the beautiful new number from iamamiwhoami – make sure to check out the video of that as it’s stunning. She’s an artist who really gets the whole visuals-crossing-over-with-sound schtick, in a world that’s full of inconsequential videos for average-to-decent songs. It’s too easy to jump into the crowded sea of mediocrity when it comes to the relationship between audio and video you know? Often that visual facet of things is just an after thought – for the sake of releasing yet another piece of content. Anyways. Tangents. Just listen to the bloody playlist.
All photos by Tom Griffiths
Once screamed Lisa Simpson with accidental irony. This quote reminds me of Son Lux in a tenuous way, hear me out here. There’s a lot to process and ingest in the world, an endless stream of information, culture, ideas, misinformation, messages. Especially if you live in a bottomless metropolis like I do “London’s like being consistently shouted at in your face 24 hours a day seven days a week” once said my big brother.
The highly eclectic world of studio sounds found on Son Lux’s third LP Lanterns sums this up somewhat – Ryan Lott relating the album in a similar manner to that of his native New York: “It’s a place of magical juxtaposition, just walking down the street you see things in the same line of sight that don’t belong together and yet are together and I hope that my music is like that.”
Anyway. Yes the album is a capricious affair submerged in various dichotomous elements. It does mirror the ADHD nature of our world. But. BUT… it also makes sense of it all somehow. The rich sounds woven together and presented to us in a leftfield yet easy, enjoyable pop manner – absorbing everything in its path. Classical, electronic, and everything in between. It provides an insight into our surroundings, into music; while also welcoming, and embracing the sense that our world is a colossal Read more…
To coincide with this, Richter performed a special one-off show at the Barbican Centre with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by André de Ridder. We caught-up with the post-classical renaissance man on the day of this show, where he discussed going back to the album (“like meeting an old friend” he states), narratives and conversations in music, and what excites him today.
Memoryhouse is out now on heavyweight 180gm vinyl on FatCat. It’s limited, so don’t dilly-dally.
Created by Tim Boddy
Questions by Will Cook
Ásgeir became something of a sensation in his native Iceland back in 2012, winning a host of awards while his debut LP Dýrð í dauðaþögn racked up the sales. So much so in fact we have the now infamous stat that one in ten Icelanders own the album.
Since then an English-language version has been created under the guidance of John Grant and is set for a Europe-wide release this month – titled In the Silence (out on Monday). His story is a compelling one – being raised in the tiny isolated village of Laugarbakki in the North of the country, home to just 48 people, with his 72 year old father penning most of the poetic lyrics.
So. As you may know The 405 back in November covered Iceland Airwaves – and on the strength of Ásgeir’s story decided to take a lengthy road-trip out of Reykjavik through the mountains and Hoth-like landscape to Laugarbakki, where we filmed a session with him in a tiny (and eerie) church of his track ‘Going Home’. Check out the photos of the journey below from the mind of Will Cook. Read more…
East India Youth interviewed: “I think there’s a little bit of George Costanza in Total Strife Forever”
It’s been a remarkable 15 months in the life East India Youth, and an even more remarkable 24 months or so in the life of the man behind EIY: Will Doyle.
At some point in our lives many of us have made that dramatic, “tough” choice and face a decision that will almost certainly change the course of your entire life. Quitting your job. Breaking off something. Moving away. Coming out. Sacrificing something. Upsetting someone. Whatever. It’s the moments after this that can be the most telling and where we find a great deal about ourselves. Search that soul.
Will Doyle broke off his first project Doyle and the Forefathers that was starting to enjoy a taste of success, and subsequently started to make music for himself – almost as an act of catharsis to get through the process of figuring out what to do with life next. The chances are that you’ve heard the following almost-anachronistic story of when Will gave a copy of his album Total Strife Forever to John Doran of The Quietus, at a chance meeting at a gig (an easy chap to spot in a crowd, all beard, hair and outrageous attire). The Quietus liked it so much they made East India Youth their first ever release on their label Quietus Phonographic Corporation (well setting up the label especially for his Hostel EP release essentially).
Total Strife Forever received an official release this week to huge critical acclaim (Will is genuinely overwhelmed by Read more…
I helped shape and contribute a bit to the 405′s Album of the Year list that you should probably go and check out if you haven’t done so yet – take note of the album suggestions/recommendations next to each place while you’re there, which is where the list really comes in to its own. Connecting the dots and all that. It’s a strong rundown and I agree with much of it and disagree slightly with some parts naturally – so here’s my own personal favourites of 2013.
I’ve assigned the top 21 a gif that best represent my feelings towards the album as I’m #sofuckingbuzzfed like that and really enjoy killing journalism, and no-ones actually reads anything on the Internet these days do they? And how horrific does this page look? Below the Top 21 are a while other bunch of LPs I’ve enjoyed that on another day/had I actually listened to them more, may have gotten into the upper echelons.
THE TOP 21
1) Jon Hopkins – Immunity
The first half of the LP
…and then the second half…
2) Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
3) Deafheaven – Sunbather
Hello here are some of my very favourite tracks from this year – I’ve even created them in various audio streams as I’m well nice like that. I do hope that you enjoy, and expect an Albums of 2013 list soon that will be a bit less poppy I guess.
The Soundcloud playlist has a few extra remixes/versions/more obscure tracks that Rdio & Spotify don’t have. It is also genuinely a coincidence that it contains 69 tracks.