Category Archives: Skeletal System

20jazzfunkgreats best of 2010: The Atlantidan Metaphysical Circus

Lo and behold the starwanderers as they continue their ramblings inside a box of black space lined with gold thread, chronological boundary for the holy year that was 2010. Here we report the risky explorations that over this  period tore asunder the walls of reality to fetch from the amorphous manifold beyond nutritious morsels of quantum pop which which we watered our garden and fed the livestock. Such were the strange flowers that grew thereafter, and the ancient tongues with which our beasts proclaimed.

Ariel Pink and his Haunted Graffiti: Before Today. News at 11. Pop prophet transforms utopian fish into crumbling DIY bread, masses flock  to worship at his bedroom temple.

Ariel Pink & His Haunted Graffiti- Fright Nights (Nevermore) (Posted on April 21)

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Arp – The Soft Wave.  Cluster and Eno and Rilley and Georgopoulos.  Ringside seats in an amphitheatre at the edge of time.

Arp – Pastoral Symphony: I. Dominoes II. Infinity Room (posted September 3rd)

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Arp and Anthony Moore: FRKWYS Vol. 3. Lullabies for wide-eyed children destined for polymathematic stardom.

Arp and Anthony Moore- Spinette (posted on April the 5th)

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CFCF: The River. Mies Van der Rohe built an exquisite Canal de Amazonia to make Fitzcarraldo’s job easier.

CFCF- The River (Piano Version) (Posted November the 8th)

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Delia Gonzales & Gavin Russom – Track 5.  In everyone’s life there’s one album that has a disproportionate pull on you.  Something that, ‘objectively’ is very good, but which has an almost supernatural hold on you above and beyond that. An album which can evoke pure moments of transcendent bliss.  Imagine if, after five years a missing piece was released.

Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom – Track 5 (New Post)

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Hounds of Hate: Head Anthem. Organic ghost machine music that circles the sleeping victim like a shadow pygmy tribe armed with ancient spells of compelling abstraction.

Hounds of Hate- Purple Stuff (Posted November the 2nd)

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Hunx and his Punx: Gay Singles. Nuggetbagging, rather than teabagging. John Waters would be proud.

Hunx and his Punx- U Don’t Like Rock and Roll (New Post)

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Hype Williams: Find Out What Happens When People Stop Being Polite and Start Getting Reel.

Perchance the last addition to these terminal celebrations, and a timely one. Hype Williams have animated 20jazzfunkgreats séances with feeric liquors over which glide pixies imported from Chicago and Kingston, shouting their wares in a cloud of voodoo tags. Their gift is a graphic novel of panels that blur in Steranko fever. Sade drowns in an ocean of pavement syrup, while the chaotic transmissions of a thousand pirate radios converge in the neon sky above, like a Batman sign for much darker heroes

Hype Williams- The Throning (new post)

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International Feel: The Coptic Sun.That apocryphal chapter of Invisible Cities that Italo Calvino wrote under the influence of a particularly strong strain of Peyote, or the destination point of Conan’s pilgrimage if Thulsa Doom was only a conduit into the psychedelic stargate, rather than a dirty reptilian worshipper.

International Feel: The Coptic Sun (Posted September the 30th)

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Male Bonding: Nothing Hurts. Mixtape fodder for teenage punk heroes.

Male Bonding- Weird Feelings (new post)

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Mi Ami: Steal your Face. A growing crescendo calling out across decades of electric guitars, rusting in the salt heavy sea air.

Mi Ami- Dreamers (Posted April the 9th)

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Paul Rosales: Wonder Wheel I.  ‘Crimes’ is exactly the sort of thing we wanna hear when we’re selling out, its unselfconsciously wrought unplanned energy is our 20 inch rims, its atonality is our leather dashboard which we caress whilst cruising illicit streets to do deals with shadowy figures who hand us parcels full of the highest grade low fidelity shit which we now sell to you at the vastly inflated price of £0

Paul Rosales- Crimes (Posted July the 8th)

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Plug: S/T. This is our minimal wave. DIY electro-pop to take over your life.

Plug- Don’t Forget It (New Post)

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Pocahaunted: Make it Real. Block rocking beats that Big Daddy Kane could have freestyled over as delivered by the Shaggs’ feral skull faced reverse.

Pocahaunted- Make it Real (posted May 17)

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Skeletal System – s/t & Small Talk.  This is our dream-pop: full of watery ill defined shapes and haunted guitar lines.  Will surely be placing highly on Peel’s Festive Netherworld 50.

Skeletal System – Dialogue (posted April 23rd)

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VA: Deutsche Elektronische Musik. The sounds that rebuilt Germany, and built us.

Gila- This Morning (Posted May 11)

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As a bonus, we leave you with Harrison Owen’s video for Excepter’s Anastasia, included in The Late EP in Woodsist, riding the razor edge between sex and violence in the best tradition of the Psychoterrorist squad that taught us all, and the most fucked up of all transcendental meditators (circa Nadja, and pumped on colour).

We wish you a twisted transition across the no-man’s land between Christmas and the end of the Year, we shall be waiting for you on the other side.

Static cuts

Featuring : Coil + Skeletal System

We visited the (quite amazing) debut EP from Skeletal System earlier this year and went on to stick it in our inaugural Altered Zones post.  Something about the best EP of the first six months of the year.  So, we’re pretty psyched here in the impenetrable towers of 20JFG to hear their follow up single Small Talk.  The band are once again putting it out for free through Bandcamp meaning their 2010 discography is looking pretty unfuckwithable right now.  If 20JFG has one Christmas wish it is that some kind soul presses these records on vinyl and delivers them to our many tentacled stocking pinned hopefully to our cyclopean obelisk.

Once again channelling the ghost of Galaxy 500, Static Eyes brings the melancholy guitar and up tempo if definitely downbeat synth flourishes.  Flashes of shoegaze and its post-rock descendants, moments of OMD synthpop and minimal computer music span decades to create a haunting, fin de siecle beauty.

Skeletal System – Static Eyes

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After originally drafting this post we learned this morning of the untimely death of TG member and Coil founder Peter Christopherson.  He was 55.  It goes without saying that Sleazy’s music had a huge affect on our lives – the name of this blog is testament to that.  The Quietus has been covering this today and have included the comments of the other members of TG in their article, here.

We leave you with perhaps not the most representative piece of Coil but certainly a piece of music that suits today.

Coils

That watery 2-step seems destined to traverse the seas escaping from British borders and washing up (once again) on the shores of San Francisco.  Skeletal System‘s self-titled EP is a delicate mixture of Cold Wave delights but the second track, Dialogue, is the one that manages to marry the worlds of Cold Wave and that low key 2-step that seems poised, finally, in 2010, to engulf us all.

This is the inversion of diva-house.  The mournful vocal here not neatly disguised within the confines of uplifting chords and surging drum machines.  Here everything is naked, and cold.  Even the breakdown, marshalling the House music tropes of stripped back drums, slowly introduced synth melody and ADD snares is wilfully understated and bizarrely graceful.  Instead of euphoria we have relief.

Skeletal System – Dialogue

Deploying the same plunging bass vocal as our beloved Water Borders, Strange Forces allow us to dwell in a bar of gothic ambience before flooding us with the sun-kissed dreams of chillwave.  Layers and layers of vocal, guitar and synth mingle in the reed fields of this heavenly bliss.  So to the end of the film, laying back, the last 90 minutes a fever dream away, Osiris gazing down at you as you let the sun brush against your skin.  A snare hits, the camera pulls back to reveal the gaping blue sky and the credits roll.

StrAnge forces folded space between their native Brisbane and the worlds of possibility that are Berlin.  From there they haunt their surroundings with their echoey psychedelia.  You can find out more here.

StrAnge Forces – Fields of Aaru

…and finally, a special mention must go to our brothers to the north who this weekend will end their Sunday night residency at Glasgow’s Sub Club.  Only one of our number ever made the pilgrimage up to the hallowed dancefloors but we’ve all experienced the genius of Twitch and Wilkes on their forays south of the border.  Their first (non-OSCARR) mix CD appeared back in 2004 and has been followed by a string of absolutely essential compilations, curations and remixes.  Seriously, get it all.

Optimo (Espacio) we salute you.

and someone made a playlist of their classics.  Speakers up, press play.