I’ve been paying attention to The Books for a long time now and I believe they are one of the most inventive and unique groups alive today. This is their latest (4th) album - The Way Out. The skinny end of the story is that they weave found recordings, mostly spoken, into an electronic tapestry and then massage that tapestry into your brain. Seriously reminds me of how my mom used to make meatloaf when I was kid. Can’t help the analogy. I’m thinking about doing a profile on these guys from Brooklyn later on with tracks from previous albums. The best way to absorb their style is to first be intrigued by them….
“Group Autogenics I”
If witches could make music, they would jangle rusty skeleton keys accompanied by an orchestra of fisher price toys…and I would call them CocoRosie. [ I've never pictured a witch being an artist before. That's an interesting thought and I could meditate on that for a while. Would they be misunderstood by other more "popular" witches? Criticized and Mocked? Revered? Indulgent? Witches are people too..I'm rambling.]
as far as i know, CocoRosie are NOT witches, but they are beautifully unique and quirky, Which is a deadly combination for me.
The flow from Los Angeles continues with Ariel Pink’s latest work Before Today. annnnnnd I like this guy. I like this guy a lot. I appreciate how creative this guy is. He produces most of his own music, has complete control, uses his mouth to create drum sounds, has an immediate throwback sound, uses minor keys. Great lo-fi freak folk quirk. Eh, some think pretentious, I don’t care. I might not be able to put my finger on it but I can’t stop listening to it. It sank it’s dirty teeth in and I keep going back for more. Check it out, try it on.
“Bright Lit Blue Skies”
i know you are out there and listening…so, i have something new for you…but don’t tell anyone cause it’s a secret. at least, this music, this landscape, sounds and feels like a secret. however, these 3 ladies don’t feel like they come from Los Angeles, but, then again, i’m not the best judge of “LA” and it’s character, i judge that book by it’s cover. this is Warpaint- in all it’s subtle, airy, quiet, moody glory. it’s hypnosis is soo very clean and best felt dim. Both of these tracks are off of their first EP – Exquisite Corpse.
i get to see them next monday @ mercury lounge and if you’re in new york, tix may still be available, come.
and morrrrre with “Stars”
I want to know these girls.