Tuesday, December 20, 2005

adam carr part one

as i can't sit still long enough to listen to two tracks in a row from a music group, i don't feel as if i'm qualified to really write anything about albums or full lengths or eps or anything like that. however, i can throw my weight behind some singles from this past year without feeling too much guilt.

electronic and dance

hot chip: "over and over-" although this song is but a 2005 babe- being ripped from its family's arms at the beginning of december with a mouthful of sweet mother's milk- it's actually the best song ever. really. it's the best song in the history of human existence. you might be skeptical. you shouldn't be. they start by putting down one of those ramshackle rhythm sections that seems to be so popular these days. alright. then they introduce one of those dissonant, widdling keyboard lines. it makes you wonder where these kids could possibly be headed. where you ask? to a bass line that somehow rips everything to shreds and puts it back together again. they turns on the funk, they turns on the hip, and they spills out four onto the floor. in this really excellent manner, they continue for a bit. they're even pretty good singers. eventually, they let you rest your calf muscles while they rest their musical instruments for a short interval. then, they pick up their tools and crank a guitar solo that makes you wonder how they could have saved it for the last two fifths of the song. you're not mad at them though. in fact, you now know you're in love with your place in human history.

lindstrom: "i feel space-" the constant hand-holders lindstrom and prins thomas didn't manage a shining star on their recent album but lindstrom had no trouble at all with this track. you might wonder whether if he intended this song for humans. it's rare that a song has so little to do with the species it belongs to. any life form for that matter. the title, "i feel space," is perfect. he carries the space disco torch of giorgio morroder and cerrone without apology. he not only spearheads their aesthetic, but he pushes it. everything's here. the hard beats, rolling electronics, pulsating melodies, and funky martian bongos. there's something so detached and cold about it all, but it still manages to grab.

vitalic: "poney, pt. 1" and "poney, pt. 2-" i don't think you have to know anything about techno, house music, or hard drugs to truly appreciate how good these songs are. there's that unapologetically straight forward beat, the swirling keyboard lines, the grinding basslines, the distorted voices. something makes me want to curl my lip up and throw a hand through my hair, if nobody were looking of course. although you can't see here, the album's cover perfectly encapsulates where these songs belong- in a shadowy amusement park, filled with old twisting rides, odd silhouettes, hard faces, and carnival tents. really mysterious tents at that. while these tracks are strong enough to be popular dance anthems, they are probably a bit too high strung and demanding for the average dancer. at least for me. it's okay though- if i can't make it sociology, i'd just as soon make it anthropology through headphones.

minotaur shock: "vigo bay-" i cannot lie. i love minotaur shock's new album, especially this song, because it reminds me of my younger days sitting in front of the sega genesis, playing sonic the hedgehog. actually, i was probably sitting next to the genesis, in front of the tv, watching a friend or my brother play sega genesis, as i've always had stubby thumbs and thick reflexes. however, this music is perfectly suited to dr. robotnik's pixelated coast towns with water that never gets you wet for too long. there's an old-world charm to the song, as if there might be a rollicking sailor's jig to accompany the song. but at the same time, it's so electronic. it's even hard to tell whether the melody is played by real clarinets or if that's a real jug holding down the bassline.

jori hulkkonen: "low fiction-" i initially ran into this song on an itunes imix with a name like "more music for huge postal service fans!" that is a way uncool way to find music, but i can't help curiousity. i'm sorry. despite my lameness, this song is really cool, in a big way. a sad robot sings a heartbreak ballad over simple drum machines, solvent-esque fuzz, and melancholy guitar. i can totally relate.


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