TM404 was a late bloomer in our listening pilgrimage in 2013, but we were luckily quick on the uptake and without emotional agitation managed to live it before we proudly picked it as one of our year’s favorite albums. But the way we lived with it only adds up to our pride! We had no idea the replicant behind this Roland-heavy project inhabits the same place as we broadcast our nocturnality. Moreover, we were entirely ignorant of its how’s and why’s and judged it by its intergalactic resonations and so free of its dense technicality.
This manipulative somnolent acid alchemist is Sweden’s Andreas Tilliander. He is playing around with silverboxes from the early eighties, RE-201, RE-501, Dynacord TAM-21 and Dynacord SRS-56 to name a few. The name TM404 comes from the elimination of Roland’s 404 model back in the decade because “four” in Japanese apparently sounds a lot like “death”, as if it’s a bad thing!
You may also know Tilliander with his other monikers a la Mokira, Lowfour and Rechord. Maybe not! But we are hearing the album by the grace of Kontra-Musik. And knowing that, we are going to wear reaper cloaks, divide ourselves in groups in search of a trace of this suspect. We may end up with an origami unicorn but we will give it a try anyway. You cannot just be residing in Stockholm and not be tracked/abused by us. Not in this corner of middle-cyber-earth at least.
The song was "303/303/303/606"
performed by TM404
We are back from our week-long trip to Istanbul and we hope you haven’t even noticed that. Because we basically kept the posts popping up a few times to keep your souls near and that is just what we do. And yes we use drones!
Hence, it is time we told you about our love for Good Willsmith’s The Honeymoon Workbook and the hauntology it carries on its antenna. A post-everything melange of overlapped static noise and dead radios, Chicago trio’s debut is far from a mere improvised friendly gathering (although it practically can be). This space travelogue stems from the band’s eclectic set of inspirations. Maxwell Allison and Doug Kaplan’s first collaboration is a prog-like project called The Earth Is A Man that reminded us a lot of instrumental Grateful Dead materials. It was Natalie Chami’s addition to the two that completed the circle. They have adopted shades of Sunn 0)), Merzbow and Throbbing Gristle while avoiding their occasional edgier solutions and have let Hanson Records’ Songs of Indian Snake Charmer Volume 2 shape up their bones. Now if an ambient/noise lesson learned from all these arresting origins is not satisfying, chances are we are behind the right portal only in a wrong dimension. Hilbert anyone?
A Love Letter From Our Beloved Platform
It was a thrill a few nights ago when we received an email from Tumblr going “We’ve noticed you have a really spectacular Tumblr blog. We’re working on a new blog Spotlight and would love to include you in the Music category." It is all thanks to precious humanoids like you. We will let you know if this becomes an existing entity but can hardly wait for that.
The song was "25 Almost 26 & 27 28 29 30"
performed by Good Willsmith
from The Honeymoon Workbook
top 10 favorite albums of 2005
- Sufjan Stevens Illinois
- The New Pornographers Twin Cinema
- Andrew Bird The Mysterious Production Of Eggs
- Fiona Apple Extraordinary Machine
- Antony and the Johnsons I Am A Bird Now
- LCD Soundsystem LCD Soundsystem
- Wolf Parade Apologies To the Queen Mary
- Spoon Gimme Fiction
- British Sea Power Open Season
- M.I.A. Arular
top 10 favorite songs of 2005
- Spoon “My Mathematical Mind”
- LCD Soundsystem “Losing My Edge”
- Röyksopp ft. Karin Dreijer Andersson “What Else Is There?”
- Grandaddy “At My Post”
- Andrew Bird “A Nervous Tic Motion Of the Head To the Left”
- Fiona Apple “Tymps (The Sick In the Head Song)”
- The New Pornographers “These Are the Fables”
- Feist “Mushaboom”
- Franz Ferdinand “Walk Away”
- dEUS “Bad Timing”
Would it be too much if we ask to share your favorite album of 2005 with us (and we tell you ours in return so we both feel more wanted)?
This is the original sample to Kanye West’s “New Slaves”. Nuff said! But hey! That should not end here. Remember Budapest and our trip to the heart of Béla Tarr’s land? Well, that is exactly where Omega comes from. “Gyöngyhajú Lány (The Girl With Pearly Hair)” is from the Hungarian rock band’s 1969 album 10 000 Lépés (10 000 Steps, uhmm…Tool anyone? Will there ever be a new…Oh never mind!) But listening to the epic victorious prog of Omega, one finds it hard not to connect it to the absent churches and the beautiful, yet haunting buildings in the Andrássy avenue area leading to the Hősök Tere and the Seven chieftains of the Magyars. We simply loved Budapest, especially the dark shadow of a communist era that you can still smell in the weather.
But the song seems to be nowhere near the sight we have just imagined lyrically as it revolves around a girl who has “fallen asleep in the lap of a deep green lake”. We leave its metaphors to your poetic madness for now and will construct our own doomsday based on the null-hypothesis that there is no relation to the girl emerging from the lake to the disintegrating iron curtain and János Kádár.
The song was "Gyöngyhajú Lány"
performed by Omega
from 10000 Lépés