Great pop songs from a band who are bound to explode in popularity this year - only tracks released so far have all been extremely high-quality in the veign of Hail to the Thief/In Rainbows Radiohead with a bit more happy. Can’t wait for more.
Jacques Greene - Concealer EP Preview Concealer will be released on January 30rd on Vase, Jacques Greene’s new label. It has guest appearances by Montreal resident Ango and Glasgow producer Koreless. Stream a short preview of all 4 trakcks above. 1. Flatline ft. Ango 2. These 3. Clark 4. Arrow ft. Koreless
I find it sad that edIT is being left out of the discussion about emotion in electronic music. His "Crying Over Pros for No Reason" is just amazing, and takes me places. He's strayed from that recently, but tracks like "Dex" and "Ltlp" need to be checked out.
I just listened to the album front to back, and it sounds pretty great. Very sharp and reminds me of some sort of Clark/ Emancipator middleground. Certainly doesn’t sound almost 8 years old as well.
I guess with a lot of this stuff it rather depends on what you, the listener, were experiencing when you first pressed the play button. I’m sure a lot of people feel in Autchre what I feel in Burial but for me it doesn’t do anything.
tl;dr: edIT’s “Crying Over Pros for No Reason” is another good example of some emotional electronic music, 3 years before Burial’s Untrue. Go listen.
-Over produced ‘hip-hop’ will continue to melt my ears in most clubs
-Basslines which sound like an industrial revolution occurring in 5 second loops will continue to flood my facebook feed.
-I will understand facebook timelines
-I may finally get into Animal Collective
-Flying Lotus will release an album that isn’t as good as Los Angeles but will still be in my top ten.
-People will finally acknowledge the existence of Bonobo’s Black Sands, realise it is a masterpiece and he will receive an OBE.
-The XX will release a new album. It will be popular but the hipsters will want to like it because they love Jamie XX. The resultant battle will leave several hundred dead and many more trawling the streets for their think-rimmed glasses and iphones.
-I will double my tumblr followers from 4 to 8.
-Glastonbury will be really wet and the tickets will be £500.
“Bit by bit, it’s starting to feel like people are building on the promises Burial’s Untrue created way back in 07’ - achieving the wrongly-assumed impossible - injecting emotion into electronic music.”—
Mthrfunkr (post-dubstep tumblr)’s discussion of the hype behind James Blake and what he’s doing.
But I want to talk about Burial
The comment “achieving the wrongly-assumed impossible - injecting emotion into electronic music" is a bit unfair on the electronic music scene. Four Tet’s Angel Echoes, Jamie XX’s Adele remix, Floating Points’ K+G Beat to name just a few are all great examples of an artist giving their genre a bit of emotion. However what sets apart Burial’s work is his ability to sustain a mood for an entire LP, not a couple of songs.
Untrue reeks of atmosphere; I find the album immediately takes me to rainswept midnight London. Now obviously I don’t expect that is does the same for everyone who listens to it, but I remember hearing Giles Peterson interviewing LA beatmaker Flying Lotus on the topic of Burial and he said something along the lines of “It’s something I didn’t really get ‘till I came to London - it makes sense here.”
Untrue is still as good as it ever was, yet I really don’t think we’ve had a release since that has touched, or will touch quite the same place in the soul. Electronic musicians have and continue to imbue their records with whatever emotion they want - but Untrue is so much more.