Maundrie Fox - Maundrie Fox
"I Miss", along with the rest of Maundrie Fox’s self-titled debut EP, possesses a kind of filmic quality which decries genre-classification. Intriguing and melancholy, an amorphous and cloud-like grey engulfs the tracks’ centre-points, a vaguely electronic contour encasing a warm and fuzzy whir which widens and clips as this EP unwinds.
The drum tracks sound acoustic to my untrained ear, and gain in confidence as songs pass. On “I Miss” they mumble and murmur and shift in and out of time, by “Listening” they are fully-fledged and carelessly scattered. “Taller Friends” shows them up as triumphant, before “And The Dark” mellows out to close. Find more of Maundrie Fox on: facebook, soundcloud and bandcamp. I hope we’ll see a lot more of this project, as this EP is not to be missed.
Stream/download Maundrie Fox’s s/t EP at Bandcamp for just $5.

Maundrie Fox - Maundrie Fox

"I Miss", along with the rest of Maundrie Fox’s self-titled debut EP, possesses a kind of filmic quality which decries genre-classification. Intriguing and melancholy, an amorphous and cloud-like grey engulfs the tracks’ centre-points, a vaguely electronic contour encasing a warm and fuzzy whir which widens and clips as this EP unwinds.

The drum tracks sound acoustic to my untrained ear, and gain in confidence as songs pass. On “I Miss” they mumble and murmur and shift in and out of time, by “Listening” they are fully-fledged and carelessly scattered. “Taller Friends” shows them up as triumphant, before “And The Dark” mellows out to close. Find more of Maundrie Fox on: facebook, soundcloud and bandcamp. I hope we’ll see a lot more of this project, as this EP is not to be missed.

Stream/download Maundrie Fox’s s/t EP at Bandcamp for just $5.

ALBUMS OF 2011 #30 - #26
#30 Tycho - Dive - Dive (MP3)
In addition to being a fairly successful graphic designer (as indicated above), Scott Hansen has also been performing as electronic act Tycho since 2002. ‘Dive’, aGhostly International release from 2011, eschews paranoia in its constantly unfurling, dream-like soundscapes and vast, holistic appeal. Its recorded with live drums, but assembled on the computer, this approach dowsing a pulsating deep bass with a sun-soaked tone which revels in its own warmth. Buy the album or check out Hansen’s extensive design collections at the Tycho website.
#29 Julianna Barwick - The Magic Place - The Magic Place (MP3)
Has there ever been a more fitting name for an album? This hymnal interpretation of chamber folk music echoes the hovering mystic ambience of experimental acts such as Volcano Choir, but in an entirely different context; Julianna Barwick’s ‘Magic Place’ is an adventurous yet solemn voyage into the empyrean, far-removed from reality and modern times not just for its distinctively sunken reverb sound, but for use of choir and vocal layering to present a magical, textured and idiosyncratic ode to religious music.
#28 Toro Y Moi - Underneath The Pine - Still Sound (MP3)
Somewhat divorced from the more clear-cut themes present on Toro Y Moi's debut LP 'Causers Of This', 'Underneath The Pine' asserts itself less decisively in its incessant darting between 70s disco and soul, Eastern-tinged psychedelia and retro hip-hop. 'Underneath' is altogether impeccably eclectic, 'Intro' splutters a churning, scintillating feedback, 'Before I'm Done' a squeaky acoustic opening, and 'Still Sound' a cheesy Ariel Pink-era disco beat. A solid scoop of a second LP from Washington's Carpark Records.
#27 Connan Mockasin - Forever Dolphin Love - Forever Dolphin Love (MP3)
New Zealander Connan Mockasin's previous incarnations have unsurprisingly left their mark on his sound, his former blues arrangements (under the “Connan & The Mockasin's” moniker) deftly transposed via bass line into the midst of his extended psychedelic performances on new LP 'Forever Dolphin Love'. The record, released by Because / Phantasy (2011), is a languid, spacey and post-modern affair, and from a salient chiming and stringent, dissonant keyboard vibe resurges the main form of the song, a triumphant, riddling funk-bass and an eerily theatrical, Bowie-like set of almost alien utterances.
#26 Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica - Sleep Dealer



 
A record of cavernous depth and schizophrenic sampling, Oneohtrix Point Never’s eerie and writhing electronic arrangements commenced streaming via Mexican Summer in November. Stream the whole album and read my words on this highly disturbing release by visiting my earlier post.

read the full list / read #25 - #21

ALBUMS OF 2011 #30 - #26

#30 Tycho - Dive - Dive (MP3)

In addition to being a fairly successful graphic designer (as indicated above), Scott Hansen has also been performing as electronic act Tycho since 2002. ‘Dive’, aGhostly International release from 2011, eschews paranoia in its constantly unfurling, dream-like soundscapes and vast, holistic appeal. Its recorded with live drums, but assembled on the computer, this approach dowsing a pulsating deep bass with a sun-soaked tone which revels in its own warmth. Buy the album or check out Hansen’s extensive design collections at the Tycho website.

#29 Julianna Barwick - The Magic Place The Magic Place (MP3)

Has there ever been a more fitting name for an album? This hymnal interpretation of chamber folk music echoes the hovering mystic ambience of experimental acts such as Volcano Choir, but in an entirely different context; Julianna Barwick’s ‘Magic Place’ is an adventurous yet solemn voyage into the empyrean, far-removed from reality and modern times not just for its distinctively sunken reverb sound, but for use of choir and vocal layering to present a magical, textured and idiosyncratic ode to religious music.

#28 Toro Y Moi - Underneath The Pine - Still Sound (MP3)

Somewhat divorced from the more clear-cut themes present on Toro Y Moi's debut LP 'Causers Of This', 'Underneath The Pine' asserts itself less decisively in its incessant darting between 70s disco and soul, Eastern-tinged psychedelia and retro hip-hop. 'Underneath' is altogether impeccably eclectic, 'Intro' splutters a churning, scintillating feedback, 'Before I'm Done' a squeaky acoustic opening, and 'Still Sound' a cheesy Ariel Pink-era disco beat. A solid scoop of a second LP from Washington's Carpark Records.

#27 Connan Mockasin - Forever Dolphin Love Forever Dolphin Love (MP3)

New Zealander Connan Mockasin's previous incarnations have unsurprisingly left their mark on his sound, his former blues arrangements (under the “Connan & The Mockasin's” moniker) deftly transposed via bass line into the midst of his extended psychedelic performances on new LP 'Forever Dolphin Love'. The record, released by Because / Phantasy (2011), is a languid, spacey and post-modern affair, and from a salient chiming and stringent, dissonant keyboard vibe resurges the main form of the song, a triumphant, riddling funk-bass and an eerily theatrical, Bowie-like set of almost alien utterances.

#26 Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica - Sleep Dealer

 
A record of cavernous depth and schizophrenic sampling, Oneohtrix Point Never’s eerie and writhing electronic arrangements commenced streaming via Mexican Summer in November. Stream the whole album and read my words on this highly disturbing release by visiting my earlier post.

This week’s show featuring the lossless noise pop from San Francisco band Young Prisms, I Don’t Get Much from their debut Kanine Records release ‘Friends For Now’. Also the spiritualist rework of Matthew Dear’s Slowdance by German producer How To Dress Well, and a track from High High’s upcoming record due 2011. A submission: we have StaG’s beautiful ‘Tired’, which I describe in full detail on Resonance this week, followed by a reminder of just how incredible Burial is in light of recent album announcements, and closing this week with New Beat from Toro Y Moi’s wonderful ‘Underneath The Pine’ which I got for my birthday. Enjoy.
[LISTEN TO RESONANCE FM SATURDAY @ 6.30]
Update: This show now goes out 2nd April.
[DOWNLOAD MP3 OF SHOW]
1. Young Prisms - I Don’t Get Much (MP3)
2. Matthew Dear - Slowdance (How To Dress Well Seance) (MP3)
3. High Highs - Horses (MP3)
 Tired by StaG
5. Burial - Etched Headplate (MP3)
6. Toro Y Moi - New Beat (MP3)
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This week’s show featuring the lossless noise pop from San Francisco band Young Prisms, I Don’t Get Much from their debut Kanine Records release ‘Friends For Now’. Also the spiritualist rework of Matthew Dear’s Slowdance by German producer How To Dress Well, and a track from High High’s upcoming record due 2011. A submission: we have StaG’s beautiful ‘Tired’, which I describe in full detail on Resonance this week, followed by a reminder of just how incredible Burial is in light of recent album announcements, and closing this week with New Beat from Toro Y Moi’s wonderful ‘Underneath The Pine’ which I got for my birthday. Enjoy.

[LISTEN TO RESONANCE FM SATURDAY @ 6.30]

Update: This show now goes out 2nd April.

[DOWNLOAD MP3 OF SHOW]

1. Young PrismsI Don’t Get Much (MP3)

2. Matthew Dear - Slowdance (How To Dress Well Seance) (MP3)

3. High Highs - Horses (MP3)

Tired by StaG

5. Burial - Etched Headplate (MP3)

6. Toro Y Moi - New Beat (MP3)

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20. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti - Before Today - Can’t Hear My Eyes (MP3)
Before Today is Ariel Pink’s most accessible recording yet - there’s far less noisy escapades than on previous efforts, this LP (number nine) choosing instead to delve into the depths of inner city soul and 80s synth-funk, albeit given a modern Animal Collectivist twist. Vocals are equally indicative of the era, ranging from a delicate Michael Jackson-esque touch to dark and confident post-punk deliveries - coloured without fail by Ariel Pink’s good-humoured and deliberately cheesy instrumentation. As I said in my album review in September, Before Today just ‘strangely, eerily works’.

19. Toro Y Moi - Causers Of This - Talamak (MP3)
There’s little scope for anyone to deny that even if Toro Y Moi wasn’t one of the main perpetrators of 2009/10’s ‘chillwave’ scene, he certainly emerged as one of the most engaging acts the genre had to boast by its relative demise, come 2011. His music is typically characterised by whirring soft synths, scattered drum machines and falsetto vocals almost entirely submerged within the mix, but is also closely linked to Michael Jackson, and particularly the retro 70s recording technique Chaz Bundick employs shows of an element of tribute as well as innovation. Causers Of This (read my original review) is filled with hyperactive and erratic 3-minute pop songs, samples, repeats and glitches all sewn together in a wonderfully attentive fashion, one shamelessly catchy and alluring enough of put Toro Y Moi’s debut album at number 19 on my list. Watch out for the follow-up ‘Underneath The Pine’, currently on schedule to drop exactly a year after its predecessor, on 22nd February 2011 - also on Carpark.

18. Johnny Flynn - Been Listening - Lost And Found (MP3)
Johnny Flynn’s second album, ‘Been Listening’ is filled with rootsy jams, Shakespearean lyricism and the kind of detached and pastoral finger-picking which Flynn, one of the London folk scene’s biggest names, has become known for over recent years. This second album retains every element of his slightly awkwardly resting charm and his poetic and earthy folk arrangements, but with a little added maturity, and soul-searching depth. Lost And Found is a slow and natural builder with a distinctively Johnny Flynn acoustic introduction - indicative both in style and in quality of the rest of the album.

17. Bombay Bicycle Club - Flaws - Dust On The Ground (MP3)
Bombay Bicycle Club’s Flaws is perhaps the album I expected least to be including in my best of 2010 list, if you’d asked me at the beginning of the year, that is. The follow up to the critically acclaimed but somewhat uninspiring debut ‘I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose’, the band re-invented their rather bland electric guitar sound in favour of something a little more acoustic for their undeniable success of a latest effort. ‘Flaws’ is a collection of Drake-inspired clean-tone woodsy folk songs with Jack Steadman’s careful and perfectly placed vocal delivery a feature suddenly, surprisingly, realised to its fullest extent. My review put my theory about the band far more eloquently:

"These bold moves however need to be measured by their intent; this is no ‘token’ acoustic album from a firmly established band, nor is it a cry for attention. “Flaws” essentially appears instead to be an exposition of Bombay Bicycle Club’s true colours, one deliberately timed early enough to prevent any premature evaluation of the band’s true sound from becoming ‘set in stone’"


16. Warpaint - The Fool - Baby (MP3)
Warpaint initially burst on to the scene in 2009, with their debut EP ‘Exquisite Corpse’ - six tracks of sprawling post-punk jams, sporadic percussion and spindly post-punk guitars cleverly intertwined with intermittent and elusive female harmonies. The recording was somewhat of a weak point, reminiscent somewhat of Women’s colourful dissonance, disappointing yet somewhat culturally appropriate; but ‘The Fool’ is rid of these hindrances. It is the acoustic tones and the reverberant whispers of the vocals which complement each other to the greatest extent this time around - the songs are longer and a little more delicate, a little more tailored to see the band’s expressionism filtering through. ‘Baby’ is attached - for its sheer beauty, simplicity and oppressive mood above its (lack of) stylistic alignment to the rest of ‘The Fool’.
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Read #25 - #21 here.
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20. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti - Before Today - Can’t Hear My Eyes (MP3)

Before Today is Ariel Pink’s most accessible recording yet - there’s far less noisy escapades than on previous efforts, this LP (number nine) choosing instead to delve into the depths of inner city soul and 80s synth-funk, albeit given a modern Animal Collectivist twist. Vocals are equally indicative of the era, ranging from a delicate Michael Jackson-esque touch to dark and confident post-punk deliveries - coloured without fail by Ariel Pink’s good-humoured and deliberately cheesy instrumentation. As I said in my album review in September, Before Today just ‘strangely, eerily works’.

19. Toro Y Moi - Causers Of This - Talamak (MP3)

There’s little scope for anyone to deny that even if Toro Y Moi wasn’t one of the main perpetrators of 2009/10’s ‘chillwave’ scene, he certainly emerged as one of the most engaging acts the genre had to boast by its relative demise, come 2011. His music is typically characterised by whirring soft synths, scattered drum machines and falsetto vocals almost entirely submerged within the mix, but is also closely linked to Michael Jackson, and particularly the retro 70s recording technique Chaz Bundick employs shows of an element of tribute as well as innovation. Causers Of This (read my original review) is filled with hyperactive and erratic 3-minute pop songs, samples, repeats and glitches all sewn together in a wonderfully attentive fashion, one shamelessly catchy and alluring enough of put Toro Y Moi’s debut album at number 19 on my list. Watch out for the follow-up ‘Underneath The Pine’, currently on schedule to drop exactly a year after its predecessor, on 22nd February 2011 - also on Carpark.

18. Johnny Flynn - Been Listening - Lost And Found (MP3)

Johnny Flynn’s second album, ‘Been Listening’ is filled with rootsy jams, Shakespearean lyricism and the kind of detached and pastoral finger-picking which Flynn, one of the London folk scene’s biggest names, has become known for over recent years. This second album retains every element of his slightly awkwardly resting charm and his poetic and earthy folk arrangements, but with a little added maturity, and soul-searching depth. Lost And Found is a slow and natural builder with a distinctively Johnny Flynn acoustic introduction - indicative both in style and in quality of the rest of the album.

17. Bombay Bicycle Club - Flaws - Dust On The Ground (MP3)

Bombay Bicycle Club’s Flaws is perhaps the album I expected least to be including in my best of 2010 list, if you’d asked me at the beginning of the year, that is. The follow up to the critically acclaimed but somewhat uninspiring debut ‘I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose’, the band re-invented their rather bland electric guitar sound in favour of something a little more acoustic for their undeniable success of a latest effort. ‘Flaws’ is a collection of Drake-inspired clean-tone woodsy folk songs with Jack Steadman’s careful and perfectly placed vocal delivery a feature suddenly, surprisingly, realised to its fullest extent. My review put my theory about the band far more eloquently:

"These bold moves however need to be measured by their intent; this is no ‘token’ acoustic album from a firmly established band, nor is it a cry for attention. “Flaws” essentially appears instead to be an exposition of Bombay Bicycle Club’s true colours, one deliberately timed early enough to prevent any premature evaluation of the band’s true sound from becoming ‘set in stone’"

16. Warpaint - The Fool - Baby (MP3)

Warpaint initially burst on to the scene in 2009, with their debut EP ‘Exquisite Corpse’ - six tracks of sprawling post-punk jams, sporadic percussion and spindly post-punk guitars cleverly intertwined with intermittent and elusive female harmonies. The recording was somewhat of a weak point, reminiscent somewhat of Women’s colourful dissonance, disappointing yet somewhat culturally appropriate; but ‘The Fool’ is rid of these hindrances. It is the acoustic tones and the reverberant whispers of the vocals which complement each other to the greatest extent this time around - the songs are longer and a little more delicate, a little more tailored to see the band’s expressionism filtering through. ‘Baby’ is attached - for its sheer beauty, simplicity and oppressive mood above its (lack of) stylistic alignment to the rest of ‘The Fool’.

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Read #25 - #21 here.

Read #15 - #11 here!