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Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 14 October 2017 CE
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Oct 15, 2017, 20:09
Tom Rogerson with Brian Eno – Finding Shore. Seems to be a lot of ambient-ish neo classical around at the moment, and this is a pretty good example of it, as you’d expect with Our Brian on board. Easy for this stuff just to become vaguely pleasant/occasionally challenging aural wallpaper, but definitely some compelling moments here: https://tomrogerson.bandcamp.com/album/finding-shore

Bitchin Bajas – Bajas Fresh. There also seems to be a lot of hipster new age music around too, and again this is a prime example, lots of burbling synth loops and cosmic vibes, nice for an extended massage I’m sure. This is the most ‘up’ of the tracks on what’s a very long album: https://bitchinbajas.bandcamp.com/album/bajas-fresh

Vuelveteloca – Sonora. Ah, this is a bit more like it (certainly if, like me, you seem to be sliding back into adolescence), some punchy psych/stoner/space rock from Chile. Not breaking any new ground, but doing what it does very well. It’d be trite to say they’re like Follakzoid only with more riffs, but they share a similar rhythmic intensity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls-R95LZ-vo

Siinai – Sykli

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Luciferian Towers. Not that I’m an expert in the area, but this and the Siinai above are two of the finest post-rock albums I’ve heard in a long time.

ORB – Naturality. Australian garage rock oddballs, with a sound that’s almost exactly like Barrett-era Floyd/SF Sorrow-era Pretty Things as interpreted by early Sabbath. One for jaded ears: https://orband.bandcamp.com/track/immortal-tortoise

Mt. Mountain – EP. I like these guys, but have realised they don’t half sound like early (The) Verve.

The Zodiac – Cosmic Sounds

VA – Neu Decade

Listen With Father:

Because I am a good father who believes in the importance of continual learning, I have robbed a load of tracks off YouTube in order to educate my daughters that the power chord was not invented by School Of Rock. Much joy compiling this, and in the search for suitable role models, just how brilliant were Girlschool… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ri3yTuC8LR8

T is for…

Tomorrow’s Gift – Goodbye Future. Just before daughter one was born, I had a long weekend in Berlin and bought a load of obscurish Krautrock, which for some reason then ended up in the nursery, including this one. Obviously I felt I needed some background sounds to take my mind off the filth and fury of changing nappies. Anyway, this is pretty great, non-faffing-about instrumental jazz rock, like a Third-era Soft Machine with a rocket up their arse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twsR4WceEgo The CD also has a couple of extended live tracks from when they were more proggy R&B, including an intensely overwrought take on ‘Season Of The Witch.’

Ten Benson – Hiss. Ah, great to hear this again, reminds me of when I started to appreciate the stupid beauty of rock once more after various diversions into more contemporary and ‘worthier’ sounds. Ten Benson were also rediscovering the joys of rock on this album, albeit in a slightly parodic way, which means that there’s oddly-effected vocals, syn-drums and horrible Casiotone ballads in among the primitive riffage. Talking of which, the final track on this album is called ‘Under Heavy Riffage’, which may be the greatest title ever. Fun fact: one HH denizen took their nom de plume from two songs on this album, neither of them on the web frustratingly. (but here’s the track list if you want to work it out: https://www.discogs.com/Ten-Benson-Hiss/release/1007757) “Mmmm, hot sausage”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yFIRon3YLc
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