I keep drinking the ink from my pen
And I’m balancing history books up on my head
But it all boils down to one quotable phrase
If you love something give it away
Thanks for the advice Connor, here’re some songs! I’m afraid only one of these tracks is for download, but consider it a nudge in the right direction. Plus, it’s all online, as are we, always and forever.
I’m not really into dance music. I love lots of House and Dubstep and follow a lot of producers, but it seems you have to be very wary about committing to dance music, you don’t want some amateur DJ mocking you because you think Disclosure are deep-house or that Dubstep is dead – is it? Was it even ever alive? Anyhow. Bobbing just above the surface are a 3-piece from LDN under the moniker Chicago Flotation Device who run on an analog techno/house vibe. Three pairs of hands working away at a range of different controls, taking you back to industrial warehouses with their use of sparse reverb . Below is the first of two released tracks, any more releases seem uncertain, but it’s addictive. Minimal, dark, gritty. Just how it should be.
I’ve strayed away from a lot of ‘post-rock’ that I used to listen to, frustrated with the very lazy techniques used by bands to create feeling, but Lions Are Smrtr Than I Am have broken through that. Yes, there are the standard tropes which many bands use, strings, spoken words, delayed guitars, yet there’s more there. There’s a progression, there’s a structure and there’s feeling. The soft monologue of a man with a dying daughter sits inbetween the strings and clean guitars allowing them to build around him in a beatifully cinematic way. Free D/L, yo!
I got this last track on a demo from Hilldrop Records a while back, it’s a lovely wistful song about people cooking eggs for no one in particular and overcoming the tedium of pastoral pleasantries. I love the field recordings in the back, especially the dogs that bark after the second line. They’ve just had one of their tracks feature on a film over at the Cannes Film Fest, which they’re buzzing from, fingers crossed for them.