Like last month’s post of Martin Roth’s ‘An Analog Guy In A Digital World’, this sound from Nils Frahm is a serene interlude. ‘Says’ features on his 2013 album Spaces. He creates a pure, pulsating soundscape that is both contemporary and classical.
Former frontman for Miracle Legion, Mark Mulcahy released the album Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You to small applause. It was his first full album in almost a decade and people may have forgotten. But within the album there are some real treats. The song ‘Let The Fireflies Fly Away’ is one such example. “Waiter, there’s a frog in my…”
Oneohtrix Point Never is the recording alias of Brooklyn-based experimental composer and producer Daniel Lopatin. Having signed a contract with Warp Records in 2013, Oneohtrix Point Never was looking to manipulate electronica. The opener of his first recording on the label, R Plus Seven, is ‘Boring Angel’. Philip Glass must have been eating his heart out.
High praise indeed, but I wonder whether Max Richter was listening to the Icelandic multi-instrumentalist Ólafur Arnalds when he wrote the theme piece for the HBO series The Leftovers. ‘Happiness Does Not Wait’ first appeared on the contemporary classical music label Erased Tapes’ Collection V.
How good is this track?! It is a recent find and I think I might have to revisit my best-of review of 2013. Her song ‘Are You With Me Now?’ features on her album Mug Museum. Like another Welsh singer-songwriter, Cate Le Bon is based in the US. I think there is more than a coincidental touch of John Cale about this sound.
Let’s dance. Martin Bresso (aka Tchami) is a house music producer from Paris. In 2013, he carved out a little spot on the dancefloor for himself with the banging tune that is ‘Promesses’. Kaleem Taylor lays down the vocals against the thickest of basslines. Boom! Have a great weekend.
‘Jubilee Street’ was the second single from The Bad Seeds’ album Push the Sky Away. This slow burner has echoes of The Velvet Underground; a song about a prostitute named Bee who lived on Jubilee Street in Brighton. Before the Australian star left the city for L.A., following the death of his son, he had spent the best part of two decades down on the south coast. That’s enough time to see a lot of change. Have a great weekend.
We finish the week with something a little weird and wonderful. Connan Mockasin’s ‘I’m the Man, That Will Find You’ mimics and evokes to great effect. Despite the R&B machismo of the chorus, its psychedelic funk production has to be heard to be believed. The song features on his 2013 album Caramel. Have a great weekend.