April 10, 2006

Brought to you by the letter L [Open Thread]

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at April 10, 2006 10:33 AM

In order to clear out my music backlog, here are three CD reviews. The Ladytron CD actually doesn't come out until tomorrow. (In the age of the internets it is trivial to find leaked tracks pre-release, but I have this one legitimately, having picked it up at Popscene's release party on Thursday.)

Ladytron: Extended Play: This disc collects five remixes of tracks from Witching Hour, along with three new songs that appeared as b-sides on the U.K. singles. The remixed tracks are "High Rise", "Weekend", "Sugar", "Destroy Everything You Touch", and "Last One Standing". Most of these are interesting takes on the source material but lack the punch of the versions on Witching Hour. I could definitely dance to these mixes of "High Rise" and "Sugar", though. On the other hand, "Destroy Everyhing You Touch (Catholic Version)" is a minimalist approach with the melody being provided by an organ(!). Of the new tracks, "Tender Talons" is a quite good instrumental piece, "Nothing To Hide" isn't bad, but "Citadel" sounds like a filler track. Overall this will mostly be of interest to the dedicated Ladytron fan, but I definitely recommend "Tender Talons" if you're shopping for single tracks.

(There's also a DVD in this package, with videos for "Sugar" and "Destroy Everything You Touch", and a concert video. But I haven't watched it.)

Liars: Drum's Not Dead: I have found the soundtrack for my next Call of Cthulhu game. There's a kind of primitive and occult feel to this music, with its booming drums and haunting chants. One definitely feels an ambience that's appropriate for dark rituals under a full moon. On the other hand, while it really does a good job of constructing this atmosphere, it's a bit inaccessible and I don't really feel connected to it. Maybe I should try playing it louder, and at midnight.

Lilys: Everything Wrong Is Imaginary: This album gets bonus points right away for the title and for using Maoist propaganda as the cover art. The actual music is also very good, with a noise-pop sound that reminds me a bit of Yo La Tengo mood-wise. I've actually been really into noise pop lately so this album is well-timed. The first few songs are fairly easygoing, but it turns sinister on "Where The Night Goes" with terrific results. The following track, "The Night Sun Over San Juan", is vaguely annoying to me for some reason I can't pin down, but it's the only point where the album stumbles. The title track on the CD is probably my favorite, an instrumental piece that winds up the tension and then lets it spring out in an upbeat melody. The album then finishes up on a slightly melancholy note, with the final track "Scott Free" being another highlight. Overall, one of the strongest albums I've heard so far this year.

Tags: Music, Open Thread

Is this cut off or something? I was expecting three reviews.

Do you know what can happen when you dash someone's hopes? :)

Posted by: Mason | April 10, 2006 2:32 PM

Draft mode seems to be unreliable on this installation, as unfinished versions of the post kept turning up on the main page. And it was updating my RSS feeds. Guess I should stick to composing drafts locally.

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | April 10, 2006 2:41 PM

"Everything Wrong Is Imaginary": During my short scientific career, I have also seen many wrong answers that are real and complex, to mention nothing of incorrect functions, sets, etc.

What is "noise pop?" I have never heard this term before and it's not obvious to me what it means.

Posted by: Mason | April 10, 2006 3:09 PM

There's a short Wikipedia entry on noise pop that is a decent description. Yo La Tengo is a canonical noise pop band. There's actually an annual Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco each year in March.

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | April 10, 2006 3:14 PM

Weird. However, I now have a bit more of an understanding of the "shoegazing" remix I have of one or two songs.

Posted by: Mason | April 10, 2006 3:22 PM

A noise pop might also be how I would describe an audio error in my reports at work...

Posted by: Josh | April 10, 2006 5:06 PM

"Noise pop" is the history of the universe, on tape, played back to front.

Posted by: JSpur | April 10, 2006 5:23 PM

Also, the music video of the day:


Posted by: Josh | April 10, 2006 6:17 PM

Depending on the amount of dark energy, that tape could eventually sound like rip-noise-pop.

Maybe I should do a post on noise pop. This would require more research in the form of me buying a bunch of CDs. I'm already planning to do a post on My Bloody Valentine at some point (besides just dropping references to them in every third post).

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | April 10, 2006 6:56 PM

An amusing google search recently hit my website---somebody from Colombia wanted to find "Tarzan Boy satan" and apparently found it with me.

Posted by: Mason | April 12, 2006 10:07 AM
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