RRRNature ... CD swap v9


#141

Oh and on Deerhunter, there’s currently a cracking thread on the music board on deerhunter seems there’s new material on the way :slight_smile:
I think Halcyon Digest is a great entry point. It’s where I started. Cryptograms which Lake Somerset is on, has some absolute belters and Microcastle is fantastic too. But in fairness, they’re a phenomenal band and everything i’ve Heard by them has been excellent.


#142

His He Poos Clouds album is my favourite of his either under his own name or as Final Fantasy. Don’t worry about the woeful album name, it’s wonderful.


#143

Hi @bornin69x, first off huge apologies for the lateness of this feedback on your mix. I’ve been meaning to do it for ages now but life and laziness got in the way.

Fair play to you for sticking with the 3 Rs theme for the whole disc, it seemed the harder of the two when I did mine so kudos for coming up with such a cohesive mix.

Other than the singles I know very little Dexy’s. I was at secondary school when Come On Eileen was bloody everywhere and I grew to dislike it intensely so never pursued them any further!

For some reason Echo & The Bunnymen largely passed me by as well, I think I was a bit young at their peak and was into far more mainstream (read ‘poor’) tastes. I often think I should at least check out some of their stuff other than the singles that I know, what album do you recommend?

I love early Cure, I remember having the “Staring at the Sea” compilation on repeat in my car when I was around 17/18. Despite loving it I’d always been slightly uncomfortable about this one until some years later when I learned of its Camus literary connection!

Broadcast are a band I always feel I should get to know more, but for various reasons never seem to get around to, what’s a good starting point, Tender Buttons? Or should I just start from the beginning?

There are very few genres that I cannot find something to enjoy in but for some reason reggae has never ticked any boxes for me even if herbally assisted! So unfortunately the Hugh Mundell and The Heptones tracks failed to grab me.

Le Tigre feel like a band I should have heard of before, looking at when they were active I thought I might have seen a fair bit on them on MTV2 that I was watching a lot of at the time!

For me, like The Beatles, Bowie is/was one of those artists that I fully respect for their history and influences on acts that followed but have never actually done anything for me in terms of listening enjoyment. Sorry for the blasphemy :wink:

All in all your mix, as these swaps often do, got me hearing stuff I would not normally listen to and although it may not have contained anything that totally rocked my world had enough gems for me to return now and again and to look into investigating a couple of bands that I really should know more about.

Thanks as always for your efforts.


#144

Liking the sound of this description v much - thanks for the extra info. First post exchange bounty just arrivedso looking forward to exploring. It’s the most low key record imaginable isn’t it - even the inlay is just that stock text you get with blank CDs:

Last feedback from the mixes received hopefully being posted this weekend.


#145

Brilliant! Hope you like it


#146

Hi @woweezowee finally some feedback on your great nature disc.

Highlights?

Kronos Quartet … one of those bands that I pretty much always like what I hear and always seem to have been around, but it’s the usual intimidating back catalogue that prevents me going further. I actually did try and make a start earlier this year and got the recent album they did with Laurie Anderson - still undecided how much I like it (although it may be more Laurie Anderson’s influence rather than them I’m undecided on). Any pointers?

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith … I picked up the album this song as from a couple of years ago and did enjoy it, so your disc has prompted me to also pick up her new one. I see she has a few albums released prior to EARS - have you explored them, and if so are they worth exploring?

Dakota Suite … Now, this one is a real blast from the past. I remember picking up their early records and greatly enjoying them, but for some inexplicable reason never following them up when they started releasing albums. And looking at discogs … blimey they’ve been busy for the last 20 years haven’t they? (looks like I’ve got their first 3 EPs from '96 and '97, I reckon even though I haven’t listened to them for most of that 20 years I could do a passable karaoke of Wintersong, so they obviously did leave a decent and lasting impression on me). So, if I’m going to pull my finger out and start again with them what what would you recommend?

And that Pantha Du Prince song is a great banger, I’m not really familiar with his stuff, is it in a similar vein? (must explore more if so).

A few things which didn’t really do it for me.

Brambles … Tried really hard to keep on top of the ambient/drone listening club choices, i mainly failed due to lack of time to listen to them all, but this is one choice which I did manage to dedicate enough time to, and I must admit I don’t think it will endure in my listening collection as I ultimately found it a bit unassuming.

Tortoise … I’ve tried really hard with Tortoise as should be something I enjoy given what I read. But I just find them musically very competent but pretty soulless, afraid your choice didn’t help me change that opinion.

Public Service Broadcasting … pretty bored with their thing nowadays.

But otherwise all good, cheers!


#147

Hi @prob500, thanks for the nice feedback – I’m glad you enjoyed the mix.

Kronos Quartet – yeah, their back catalogue is huge and incredibly diverse. I’m by no means familiar with all of it and to some degree it depends on what you’re in the mood for at any given time, but a few interesting (imo) pointers from those I know would be:
Pieces of Africa - one of their more world music oriented albums. The pieces are written by African composers specifically for the album, so it works and feels cohesive rather than an appropriation or just bolting on a string quartet.
The Fountain soundtrack – collaboration with Clint Mansell and Mogwai. Probably the most epic and post rock sounding I’ve heard from them. Quite an immersive album I think.
The Laurie Anderson one from this year you’ve already mentioned – yeah, I think it’s decent in the right frame of mind. It’s quite theatrical in parts, so you need to be in the mood for it.
Floodplain - Another one of their more world music ones with the pieces mainly drawn from Balkan and Middle eastern composers. I think it’s a great concept for a record and there’s some good work on here – some with vocals on though too and classical music with vocals never does anything for me.

…and then there are a couple of their more modern classical type records like Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector composed by Terry Riley which is a bit new age-y and has some clever compositional thing that I don’t really understand (I think there are various parts to the score which each player is free to chop and choose between throughout). Finally a record of music composed by Aaron Dessner of The National which is all a bit nervy and twitchy. Another interesting record, but not one to listen to if you’re already feeling a bit edgy.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – the only one I’ve hear of hers prior to Ears is called Euclid. It starts off quite well, but the latter half of the album is a of short, unstructured synth pieces which I don’t find very engaging. Not sure whether that’s indicative of her early sound – I like all the textures on her more recent work, so don’t know if I’d dive back much earlier.

Dakota Suite – again, I in no way know their back catalogue exhaustively and their work can be a bit one paced at times to really get immersed in. Glad it stirred some memories though – the song on the mix is taken from This River Brings Only Poison which I think is full of interesting instrumentation and I quite like (again, when I’m in the mood for) – it’s maybe a bit of a mixture of Hood and Red House Painters? I’ve listened to _Signal Hill_from (I think) the same period too, which sounded pretty good. The more recent stuff hasn’t grabbed me – a bit more of a jazzy piano led style and some more experimental discordant sounding stuff from what I’ve heard.

Pantha du Prince – yeah, I think Black Noise is an excellent record. Well worth exploring further if you liked the track on the mix!

Tortoise – I’m a bit ambivalent about them too. TNT which this song was taken from is their peak for me and am a big fan of the on the mix - but I do often find them a bit soulless. I was bored out of my mind seeing them live and the records the followed this up with were unlistenable to me (some horrendous overproduced musowank in parts), so if this selection at the more organic end of their spectrum isn’t grabbing you, I wouldn’t trouble them any further.

Thanks again :slight smile: