2017-08-24 Cymande

Cymande

Cymande (Sometimes called “Dove”) by Cymande.

Sparsely arranged percussion and bass driven groove based funk with Jazz, Soul, and Reggae influences.

Saxophonist Matt Nelson posted a photo of recent vinyl score of this album, with the comment, “Oh yes. One of the best ever.” So, I thought I should check it out.

And, man, it is great! Once one of these tracks kick in, you get the feeling they could go forever, the groove is so powerful. Yet the playing is relaxed and poised, with every song given the time it needs to develop organically. I also like the feel of space conveyed by the production and engineering.

Just makes you feel good to listen. I bet they were kick-ass live. “But it’s all right, we can still go home.” 

#Cymande #TodaysCommuteSoundtrack

2017-08-23 Xe

Xe by Zs.

Since I’ve been recently playing with digital tools for recording and manipulating sound, it is interesting to listen through a release like Xe where nearly every track involves some sort of effect or looping.

I can’t quite decide how I feel about listening to albums where it almost seems more like a showcase for digital effects than a recording of people playing together.

Said the pot to the kettle.

In any case, a very interesting album.

#TodaysCommuteSoundtrack #Xe #Zs

2017-08-22 Dark Days & Canapés

Dark Days & Canapés by Ghostpoet.

It’s usually worthwhile to check out audio artists shortlisted for the Mercury Prize. Obaru Ejimiwe, aka Ghostpoet, is no exception.

A master of the artistically deployed vocal fry, his soundscapes have been sounding more and more rock-ish lately, while still maintaining a pleasant noisiness.

The Guardian describes this release as, “languid and assured,” which is about right.

#Ghostpoet #TodaysCommuteSoundtrack #DarkDaysAndCanapés #graffitti

2017-08-21 Strange Days II

Strange Days II

Strange Days II by Wolf Eyes.

A new EP or album by Wolf Eyes, one of my favorite purveyors of electro-acoustic skronk, (or PyschoJazz, as they like to put it,) is always a cause for spending some time zoning out and contemplating the phase shifting of time and space through acoustic alchemy.

My main complaint about this new two song EP is that it is far too short. Or maybe it is too long. Who can say?

#Wolfeyes #PsychoJazz #JimBaljo #JohnOlson #NateYoung