Casino Vs Japan is exactly the type of savant we need. Wonder-kind Erick Kowalski the guy in the bedroom making music, without thinking about what the masses want. He submitted some demo’s to the label as a gift of some of his music. The head of the label loved it so much that he asked Erick if he would let him release his music. This is supposed to be the first disc of his submitted work released for the first time.
Alain Ho has done his time in the club circuit.. but, this is just another Dj showing off a session so fast food DJs can cherry pick a mix for small parties (I’ve done it myself). From the seductive narrator to Ibiza styled lounge mixes, this has every thing you’ve ever heard before… but, it serves its’ purpose.
Iceland makes some of the best music out there now and Efterklang comes out with another album, this time on a different label. They take time to develop a good harmony, and the keyboard orchestra sounds help to pull songs like ‘Scandinavian love’ in an interesting direction. Horns swell but sometimes I hear Coldplay or sometimes Sting in the vocal style (‘Alike’) which makes it a hard listen for me, but still some of the better music I heard this week.
Earlier this week, I posted about the Blessure Graves‘ amazing new album ‘Judged by 12, Carried by 6’. They were kind enough to spend some time we me on talking a bit about their release.
Zoe: “I want to give you a welcome in advance to Texas. Got any plans on what you want to visit while your here?”
Toby: “Were just hoping to see friends. Reyna has never been to Austin.We spent a romantic weekend in El Paso once haha but this will be our first time there. No tourist stuff planned or being dreamt up yet.”
Zoe: “While listening to your new album (It caused me to start going through my goth cds from Xmal Deutchland to Virgin Prunes…I even found Mick Mercer’s Goth Book and flipping through it to see what I might have missed… your influences are quite obvious but, are there any other influences that don’t stand out that play a large part in Blessure Graves’ vision?”
Zoe: “Your sound captures that perfectly. You’re obviously skilled at your craft! With the intro, it feels very much like a concept album. Something that has to be enjoyed as a whole. Is there a particular themed narrative that you had in mind for this album or is it opened to interpretation? I’m generally a very visual guy and plan on listening to this while wandering on some abandoned railroads.”
Toby: “The intro was the last thing recorded. It was improvised at Guitar Center and recorded onto my phone. The album is very conceptual. It’s about the unraveling of everything you’ve worked for. While autobiographical, I think absolutely everything is subject to one’s own interpretation even if it’s laid out as “I did this, I did that”. Even my favorite books growing up were autobiographies that effortlessly made me reflect upon my own experiences good or bad.“
Zoe: “One last question…What does the future hold for Blessure Grave? I see you guys will be busy touring overseas. I know for a fact that Dallas/Denton would love to have you here! When you get the chance, please stop buy and we’ll all go get trashed… Sooouuuund Good!?”
Toby: “June we stop in NYC for one show then spend the rest of the month in Europe. My last band played Denton and it was one of the best shows we ever played. We just plan on doing some short tours, maybe flying in, doing a week in a specific area and then going home. We have a whole pile of records coming out. Zero plans for world domination.”
Ólafur Arnalds “Dyad 1909” (Erased Tapes)
Still not worn out by the Icelandic music scene? Olafur Arnalds worked with a few heavy metal bands before he started composing his own music, mostly classical work, which is a definite switching of gears. check the link below and you can download those 7 day tracks of brilliance.
The Album Leaf – “A Chorus Of Storytellers” – Subpop
In a way, The Album Leaf may be taking itself more seriously than it needs to. Jimmy LaValle assembled his touring band in the studio for this, now fifth album, and came up with a rich piece of work which is quite contemplative. At times, it seems a bit too much… where the endings are dragged out for more dramatic posturing, which may have been because of my mood at the time, but the effort is not without reward. LaValle takes his craft seriously. You could be disgusted by the emotional gushing of this album, but if you want to expand your library of great music with purpose than start off with the single track below.