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18th April 2014

Quantum 4-track

Featuring:

Lewis

Lewis L'Amour

The Lewis album is one of those enduring limited press mysteries whose information vacuum begs 20JFG to fill it.  What is known is that Lewis isn’t the artists real name; he may/may not have been a stockbroker in the 80s; the album came out in 1983.  That’s about it.  The stockbroker pouring his cocaine soul into a an ethereal LP of love songs sounds like something we’d make up, therefore I’m buying it.

The wine bar at the edge of the universe vibe is in full effect throughout thanks to the minimal genius of placing synths over either a torch-song piano or folksy guitar.  It’s Nebraska if Nebraska existed at the loving intersection of human and machine consciousness.

I Thought the World is a love song hiding in plain sight.  Its piano and synth are plaintive in the way music for a lover can be but the lyrics, though right up front, are muttered in just such a way as to be mostly unintelligible. You wonder whether the yearning expressed is for a lover or simply the idea of love, just out of reach to the dislocated Lewis.

If Dean Stockwell had somehow managed to get David Lynch to direct the episode of Quantum Leap where Sam spends the whole time on a beach glimpsing all the lovers from all the leaps — this’d fit right in.

Lewis – I Thought The World of You

The mp3 above was taken from a rip of the original press of Lewis’s album L’Amour.  Light in the Attic are re-releasing this on vinyl on June 24th and you can pre-order it here.

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16th April 2014

Not even on drugs!!

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(art is Glitched Soup by Evgeny Kiselev.)

Aha! Yes, now this is the stuff. Dance music that has risen from the very sod of the earth!

Some people are getting very excited about Ninos du Brasil having a 12″ out on DFA later this year. Why? Why concern yourself with things that don’t exist yet, when, any second now, a frankly superb slab of pagan cyber-samba – influenced by, among other things, Sepultura – is about to be dropped by Hospital Productions, crushing everything in its path?

Novos Mistérios deserves to kickstart an armada of new scenes. From that album:

Ninos du Brasil - Legioes Des Cupins

We’re not all about roadworks-strength industrial and trepanning techno! It’s OK to dance and feel happy!

Not even on drugs!!

Konono no. 1 – Paradiso

Listen to Legioes Des Cupins back to back with Konono no. 1′s 2004 banger Paradiso, on repeat, until you get so dizzy that you puke.

Ninos du Brasil’s excellent Novos Mistérios LP is forthcoming on Hospital Productions

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14th April 2014

Wall of Mutilation

Featuring:

Shadow Shadow

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Pop music, even at its most pedestrian, is an escape from reality and mortality through the super-natural and the super-heroic, like 3-4 minute long capsules of the mythical and the psychedelic. The question is, escape where? Elizabeth opens the wormhole, what lies beyond?

Mainstream pop often provides a stylized and simplified version of reality, where episodes of the day-to-day, in particular romance and our struggle against the tyranny of time are hyper-saturated and magnified, providing an icon for nostalgia and community. No problem with that.

This blog prefers the uncanny, the macabre and the extreme – darker versions of our reality where the bad things that people do are embodied into evil agencies, creatures and conspiracies, which I guess makes us optimists about the nature of mankind, as if evil was something that could be extricated from us, and placed, say in that naughty corner at the centre of infinity (impossible geometries, natch) where Azathoth gnaws in his post-angled chambers to the tune of an invisible piper.

Shadow Shadow weave these two warps together. When we wrote about their Fleetwood Mac vs. Lucio Fulci hit ‘Riviera’ , which also provides the title track for their debut album, we described them as pop icons in a gothic version of our world where people live,  go to the launderette, fall in love, and die (in droves, and very stylishly) as if they were characters in the setting of a Dario Argento film.

Shadow Shadow – Riviera

The rest of the album sees them exploring other aspects of this other reality and the emotions of its people – including politics (Skull Drums), memory (Treasure Island), holidays (Sunset Bending) physics (A Thousand Lost Golf Balls) or memory (1000001). Their approach is a wall of sound where the exact position of each melody, beat and sigh cannot be determined exactly, their lyrics hermetic but hinting at a wider lore (say, unlike the gazing into the fathomless abyss of a weird id which is The Knife’s music), their structure and crescendos those of an Eurovision contest candidate in a world better suited to our inclinations.

As we look for meaning, we fall down the rabbit-hole.

Shadow Shadow – 1000001

Get the album here.

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