Menomena – Mines

[Heavy Rotation]

I would grab your headphones now.

Sound engineers and producers make music for earbuds now. Good or Bad – it is what it is.  As of April 2010,  260,000,000 iPods have been sold worldwide, which means 520,000,000 little tiny shitty speakers were sold as a well.   (David Byrne made a very interesting presentation on TED.com about the evolution of music based on Architecture and how the new arena is a portable experience for extremly intimate and detailed music -if you have the time, it’s worth watching).  Now, what kind of effect do numbers like that have on the musical landscape considering the main arena is so vastly isolated?  Something quite opposite of vast.  Microscopic is more like it.

Menomena – makes very big, moving, complex, loud, intelligent, and masterfully orchestrated microscopic music.  Listening to Menomena is an engaging experience but it might require a bit of patience.  You might not even enjoy this at all and easily dismiss it, that’s fine, but if you take the time to pry open this tiny world your mind just might explode from all the details.

Mines

Oh Pretty Boy, You’re Such a Big Boy

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Queen Black Acid

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Menomena is Justin HarrisBrent Knopf and Danny Seim of Portland, Oregon and Mines is their fourth full length album.  I highly recommend you also get your hands on their last album Friend & Foe.


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