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Anyone heard this? Scott Pl got me onto it, and it's astonishing. "Out There" is one of the best things I've heard in forever, a longform post-punk dub disco masterpiece which manages to be dreamy and wistful and eerie and slightly forlorn all at once. All the influences you'd expect - Arthur Russell most of all, but also Eno, Talking Heads, and then this superbly glistening eighties art-rock sheen, like maybe they've also been listening to a lot of Peter Gabriel and Sting. Starts off stiff-jointed and bouncy, and then moves into seas of undulating deepness and glittering guitar solos. It's totally balearic.

Imagine Arthur Russell's "In The Light Of The Miracle" meets Kate Bush's "Nocturn" meets Jesse Rose and Henrik Schwarz's "Stop, Look & Listen" meets LCD Soundsystem's "45:33" - and not coincidentally these have all been major musical obsessions of mine over the past twelve months.

This album really needs a track-by-track though as there is just too too too too much awesomeness to take in!

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Saturday, 27 January 2007 13:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

"West Coast" is like The Cure's "A Forest" being fought over by Smith & Mighty circa Bass Is Maternal and Piano Magic circa Low Birth Weight! It's overblown and torturous and beautiful.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Saturday, 27 January 2007 13:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Origin is a "throwaway" piece (well, when you compare its 2 minutes to "Out There"'s 16 minute extravagance) that is nonetheless totally compelling, buzzy rock bass stomp topped by spiderweb guitar and a storm of echoey effects - elegantly dirty, and sounding nothing like the tracks which precede it.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Saturday, 27 January 2007 14:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Life's A Beach" is another epic, a slightly seasick feeling number of moody synths and chimes that slowly swirls into melancholy psychedelic ethno-disco, distracted sparkles of guitar drifting uneasily over restless percussion.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Saturday, 27 January 2007 14:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Self Service" is simultaneously their most straightforward post-punk-ish pop song (albeit over eight minutes long) and their most discoid Arthur Russell moment: clattering surround sound drum hits and squiggly keyboard patterns, its deliriously depressive, and then it goes all out tribal groove, growing ever more cavernous until it's over too quickly.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Saturday, 27 January 2007 14:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

Closer "Indo" verges on ambient, its muted guitar whines sounding like they're recorded at the bottom of the ocean, supported by the insistent ring of tambourines. It's very emotional.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Saturday, 27 January 2007 14:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

Tonight this seems like the best album in the world.

apparently it's a limited vinyl release from last year, with an expanded CD now available. Shame I've blown my credit card limit!

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Saturday, 27 January 2007 14:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

i know someone's been talking about that album here, cuz i've clicked that link before. maybe on the noize board.

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 27 January 2007 14:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

love the samples. very cool. the guitars especially are heavenly.

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 27 January 2007 14:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

tim, you should post on the noize listening threads:


sounds of SANTANA vol. LVCMXXXXXIVIII

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 27 January 2007 14:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Out There" is quite a tune, but I think they play it too safe to be really good. All the right influences at the right moment. Perhaps I only want them to be more berlin school than britpop. Oh well.. Saw them at Black Lodge in Stockholm, and they had really nice lowbudget lighting; strobes and projections etc. Art-students think of everything.

jon person (jon person), Saturday, 27 January 2007 15:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

Where's the britpop? Someone in that noize thread mentions The Happy Mondays, which I can sort of see, but otherwise...

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Saturday, 27 January 2007 15:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

yeah, i wrote about it on the noise board

cutty (mcutt), Saturday, 27 January 2007 15:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

sounds of SANTANA vol. LVCMXXXXXIVIII

cutty (mcutt), Saturday, 27 January 2007 15:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

i ordered the cd they have on their website, has different versions of songs on "west coast" and "no comply" 12"s. it has yet to arrive but i will report back.

spoke to magnus from the studio and am trying to get him to NYC.

cutty (mcutt), Saturday, 27 January 2007 15:44 (ten years ago) Permalink

Okay listening to the new CD album Yearbook 1, I'm actually not certain I like the single "No Comply" (bad singing), but it brings into focus the reference point I strangely had not mentioned: Disco Inferno!

And not just the Disco Inferno of the EPs but also those early percussive efforts on In Debt. "No Comply" though is all weird overlapping keyboard and piano melodies, kinda Reichian sample-pop.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Thursday, 8 February 2007 13:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

more happy mondays singing

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 8 February 2007 14:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Slowly slowly starting to see more talk about this. Still perhaps my favourite album of the year, interchanging with Panda Bear. Not surprisingly, the remixes floating around are great - I love how Todd Terje's remix of "Life's a Beach" starts out funky and very very slowly gets all moody like the original, and it's got such a wet aqueous groove too. And the Brennan Green remix of "West Side" is like a really sensitive dub version, moving around some parts, cutting out the vocals and adding some morose bleepy keyboards but otherwise preserving everything loveable about the original.

Also really really liking Studio's remix/remake of The Shout Out Loud's "Impossible", which is bright shiny pop by their standards - The Cure's "In Between Days" meets Disco Inferno's "The Athiest's Burden" meets... I'm not sure.

Tim F, Monday, 9 July 2007 14:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

i've fallen in love with this band, but have only heard 2 songs (Origin & Life's a Beach). would love to hear a full length. i bought the remix 12" of Life's a Beach and was terribly dissapointed. i didn't realize it was only remixes and not the original version. and the remixes just sounded like mellow house tracks to me. lost most of the live instruments that i liked about it to begin with and returned it the next day.

jaxon, Monday, 9 July 2007 18:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

also, how come the mp3s i've gotten are listed as "A Studio"? not The Studio or just Studio?

jaxon, Monday, 9 July 2007 18:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

i can't believe you returned that 12"

cutty, Monday, 9 July 2007 18:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

also one of my favorites this year, yearbook 1

cutty, Monday, 9 July 2007 18:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

also, uh, jaxon, there's a link to their west coast 12" in a thread linked to in this thread

cutty, Monday, 9 July 2007 18:31 (nine years ago) Permalink

i highly recommend strategy's "future rock" for anyone who is feeling studio

cutty, Monday, 9 July 2007 18:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

http://brainwashed.com/common/htdocs/discog/krank108.html

cutty, Monday, 9 July 2007 18:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

i agree about the vocal songs.. pretty shit.. but lifes a beach? jesus.. really nice.. this is one of the best produced records (yearbook 1) ive heard in a long time.

the vocals on the strategy album are a total bummer. whats going on here?

nikbozic, Monday, 9 July 2007 18:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

maybe you just don't like vocals

cutty, Monday, 9 July 2007 18:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'm waiting for my yearbook CD after really enjoying the remixes 12", the Todd Terje is fantastic, pitched on the edge of being, like the record shop label said, 'chilled out bar groove', I'm amazed they get something so great out of these rainforest and hippy signifiers. Certain points in that track, a bit more colour is gradually added and it feels like a huge psychedelic build, but still fairly restrained and smooth overall.

Alex xy, Monday, 9 July 2007 19:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

'west coast' is amazing

lex pretend, Monday, 9 July 2007 20:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

hang on, no, i mean 'out there'

lex pretend, Monday, 9 July 2007 20:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

i think the terje remix is anything but chilled out, but that's a minor quibble as it's one of my favorite remixes in a year that has been jammed with them. i haven't heard the album yet. can't believe i missed this thread the first time around.

tricky, Tuesday, 10 July 2007 02:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

Yeah, it's a great disc. Those upthread who drew comparisons between this and The Cure are OTM.

Daniel, Esq., Tuesday, 10 July 2007 03:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

maybe i should try to download the 2 Life's a Beach remixes and actually, you know, like listen to them. i just figured it wasn't something i'd ever play out (like that happens so often), so i didn't need to own the vinyl

jaxon, Tuesday, 10 July 2007 03:11 (nine years ago) Permalink

i was really surprised to read your comment upthread! the bassline in the terje is just too boogie to be house. it reminds me of the mary jane girls. so there's the rick james thing and on top of it there is cure (meets basic channel) san francisco summer beach atmospherics. and then fat techno claps and cowbells and a sense of humor. i am so smitten by this song.

tricky, Tuesday, 10 July 2007 03:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

What the where the who. This all sounds potentially interesting.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 10 July 2007 03:40 (nine years ago) Permalink

i love how enigmatic the band name and album title are. cover art is great too.

tricky, Tuesday, 10 July 2007 03:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

jaxon - for some reason when i ripped the promo CD i got, iTunes listed the artist as "A Studio" so I would guess your rip came from that as well...

BATTAGS, Tuesday, 10 July 2007 07:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

you know, you fellas are right! this is great! agree w/ all the aforementioned reference points, but would add in the mood of all those great Associates 12"s w/ the cool b-sides. and special commendation for the exquisite guitar. thank you ilx!

nerve_pylon, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 03:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

Ned I sincerely believe you will love them.

It's kinda of odd how similar the Prins Thomas and Todd Terje remixes of "Life's a Beach" are - both have the funky bassline, the endless layering of effects, the faithful redeployment of the guitar. The Terje remix is slightly more brisk and uptempo, and I slightly prefer it, but they're both great.

Tim F, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 12:10 (nine years ago) Permalink

Cutty those Strategy samples are excellent. Will have to track that album down.

Tim F, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 12:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

fwiw, Out There is my least favorite track.

now to track down the remixes...

nerve_pylon, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 13:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

http://www.myspace.com/aeroplanemusiclove

^ sooo good.

jaxon, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 21:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

i downloaded Life's a Beach remixes. eh. prins thomas remix is cool. kinda spaced out, but i still stand by what i said. it lost the balearic rock edge that i liked and just became sorta "dance music". no need to keep 12"

jaxon, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 21:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

"West Side" does = the Balearic Cure. Out've the forest and onto the beach.

Raw Patrick, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 22:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

this has been repressed. hooray!

haitch, Thursday, 12 July 2007 16:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

That Yearbook cover art is fantastic.

admrl, Thursday, 12 July 2007 16:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

Has Spencer seen it or heard this, I wonder?

admrl, Thursday, 12 July 2007 16:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

Cutty! That Strategy album is like... Luomo making a post-rock record? Or a post-rock group making a Luomo record? Whatever, if I had a Microsoft Wizard program that made albums for me at least one of them would probably turn out like this. Not sure if I love love love it yet but will def. keep listening.

2007 is so the year I became a corny balearic fuxx.

Tim F, Thursday, 12 July 2007 22:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

i think balearic is one of those words like minimal. it has meaning that is more like residue. i like a lot of recent music like this because it is musical as opposed to most of the contemporary dance music i immerse myself in which is music that for most of the 00s has been design-obsessed (similar to a lot of contemporary pop and hip hop and even alterna-rock). it's just tiring after awhile.

tricky, Friday, 13 July 2007 04:04 (nine years ago) Permalink

tim have you heard kuniyuki takahashi?

tricky, Friday, 13 July 2007 04:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

I always pictured Studio as a kinda balearic Durutti Column, but I was listening to this Martin Hannett / Steve Hopkins album on Factory Benelux which seems like the blueprint

https://open.spotify.com/album/246IPfAq6QORoHyQfWRXmO

I am using your worlds, Monday, 2 May 2016 09:18 (one year ago) Permalink

Someone somewhere described 7 Trx + Intermission as Durutti Column-esque, which is what drew me to him.

Atelje - Meditation is still very enjoyable.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 2 May 2016 13:54 (one year ago) Permalink

No Comply is like the best Happy Mondays song out there.

erry red flag (f. hazel), Monday, 2 May 2016 14:39 (one year ago) Permalink

this album is pretty fun, sounds more on the space disco end of things to me

J0rdan S., Thursday, 5 May 2016 19:56 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Don't know it this has been posted before, but a lot of the people here might like it. It is released on West Coast Recordings which Lissvik is a part of. Aron McFaul - Pallas Garden: https://open.spotify.com/album/6QOO0OUz93LvYFTH4cwYfS and here is a soundcloud link for those who don't have spotify: https://soundcloud.com/westcoastrecordings/aron-mcfaul-taverna-times

puredazzle, Wednesday, 1 June 2016 14:32 (eleven months ago) Permalink

kinda underwhelmed by the lissvik album, nowhere near as special as 7 trx imo

the hallouminati (lex pretend), Wednesday, 1 June 2016 14:51 (eleven months ago) Permalink

yeah i prefer the flood of stuff he uploaded to soundcloud a few years ago

lute bro (brimstead), Wednesday, 1 June 2016 17:06 (eleven months ago) Permalink

what Lissvik? is there a new one?

brotherlovesdub, Thursday, 2 June 2016 03:13 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Thanks, I would expect it to be more on the club friendly vibe like the single for Smalltown Supersound, which I passed on. I've been listening to the Crepes album and the Embassy stuff a lot lately.

brotherlovesdub, Thursday, 2 June 2016 04:07 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Is is possible to listen to the new album somewhere? Snippets?

puredazzle, Thursday, 2 June 2016 13:34 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Available to order via Smalltown Supersound's "Mail Order" - http://smalltownsupersound.robotmerch.com/en/razika/dan-lissvik/c-24/p-309?ref=cat

sombrerodetuned (sombrerodetune), Thursday, 2 June 2016 15:05 (eleven months ago) Permalink

With "Few remaining" which I don't even know what that means but if history is any guide in the Studio/Lissvik universe?

Be quick.

sombrerodetuned (sombrerodetune), Thursday, 2 June 2016 15:06 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Holy shit. $20 to ship to the US. That's the same price as the album.

brotherlovesdub, Thursday, 2 June 2016 15:33 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I'm still bitter I missed that personal collection sale or whatever that was some months back.

Evan, Thursday, 2 June 2016 15:40 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Amen to the personal collection sale (that I didn't miss but missed just enough of...)

I hesitated because of shipping...until I remembered what happened when I was (very) late to first edition of "West Coast" on vinyl, to say nothing of stalling around the first pressing of "Meditation".

If it takes the sting out at all, per Smalltown Supersound's homepage: "Single LP with CD included."

So, there's that.

(Though if you can live without physical, there's always Bandcamp: https://danlissvik.bandcamp.com/)

sombrerodetuned (sombrerodetune), Thursday, 2 June 2016 15:44 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Amazon has it for preorder but it seems that many indie albums go from preorder to back ordered on the day of release.
Amoeba offers free shipping in the US but I don't see Midnight on their site yet.

mizzell, Thursday, 2 June 2016 16:01 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Apologies if it turns out the "few remaining" alarm was sounded prematurely/unnecessarily. Having clicked on all the music available in that version of Smalltown Supersound's shop, each has current inventory of "few remaining" which I take to mean either, like other labels around the world, they set aside a small amount of stock for themselves but the rest is committed to shops/distributors.

And yet, and yet: I'm still unwilling to risk missing out so I'll stick with the bananas cost of Norwegian shipping.

If you're up for rolling those dice, and possibly save a few dollars &/or cents, Bleep (which shows pre-order availability for the LP <i>and</i> CD) and Boomkat (pre-order for LP (only)) have it.

sombrerodetuned (sombrerodetune), Thursday, 2 June 2016 16:50 (eleven months ago) Permalink

it costs me exactly $22.50 to send a record to Norway now.

scott seward, Thursday, 2 June 2016 16:51 (eleven months ago) Permalink

International post is not the bargain it once was, in any direction it seems.

sombrerodetuned (sombrerodetune), Thursday, 2 June 2016 16:56 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Italics not taking notwithstanding (tsk-tsk),

"...either, like other labels around the world, they set aside a small amount of stock for themselves AND the rest is committed to shops/distributors, or the good old trick of perceived scarcity of limited quantities to drive sales (but, no, not buying the latter)."

sombrerodetuned (sombrerodetune), Thursday, 2 June 2016 16:56 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I'm going to be so pissed off if this shows up in the shops for $19 and I just paid $40 direct from the label.

brotherlovesdub, Thursday, 2 June 2016 22:19 (eleven months ago) Permalink

‏@supersound
You can stream Dan Lissvik's (of Studio) great new album Midnight in full over at @hypem now
http://hypem.com/premiere/dan+lissvik

mickcsmith (micarl), Saturday, 4 June 2016 10:54 (eleven months ago) Permalink

7trx and the Atelje weren't albums? That HypeM blurb seems off.

brotherlovesdub, Saturday, 4 June 2016 21:21 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Put West Coast on. Open windows, 77°, gentle breeze. Best ever.

brotherlovesdub, Saturday, 4 June 2016 22:26 (eleven months ago) Permalink

hah yeah that's the only way i can imagine listening to this album these days. For years, it was my ritual "first day of summer holidays" album

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Monday, 6 June 2016 08:12 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Assuming no one's mentioned it already:

"G" is the shorter, more Studio-sounding (i.e., more guitar & organic-sounding percussion) remix of "Airwalk"

sombrerodetuned (sombrerodetune), Tuesday, 7 June 2016 17:29 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Album sounds fantastic, even better than 7 Trx and Meditation I think.

plazzTT, Wednesday, 8 June 2016 11:51 (eleven months ago) Permalink

only listened to it twice so far, but i agree. feels more fleshed out and expansive than his other two.

mizzell, Wednesday, 8 June 2016 12:49 (eleven months ago) Permalink

on initial listen i'd agree this lacks the magic of Atelje and 7trx in particular, which I revisit very frequently. The closer track "T" is a thing of beauty however - wish it all had that vibe.

anza808, Wednesday, 8 June 2016 12:50 (eleven months ago) Permalink

D is :D

I am using your worlds, Friday, 10 June 2016 17:49 (eleven months ago) Permalink

N was the high point for me iirc

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Friday, 10 June 2016 19:12 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I'm enjoying this. He sounds like he's on autopilot. That's ok, though

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 10 June 2016 20:38 (eleven months ago) Permalink

autopilot isn't really satisfying

felt a bit like terje's also autopilot, also unsatisfying album

the hallouminati (lex pretend), Friday, 10 June 2016 20:46 (eleven months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

new atelje record this year? https://www.instagram.com/p/BHUdnssD_Zx/?taken-by=atelje_

puredazzle, Friday, 1 July 2016 13:07 (ten months ago) Permalink

#atelje #lp #2016

van smack, Saturday, 2 July 2016 03:27 (ten months ago) Permalink

Smalltown Supersound sent a slipmat with my Midnight LP. Really appreciated it after complaining about the cost of the LP on pre-order. It's not a great album but it's good enough.

brotherlovesdub, Saturday, 2 July 2016 03:53 (ten months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

No telling how many copies of either in stock, but "7 Trx + Intermission" and "Meditation" are back in Lissvik's ATELJE shop (along with some t-shirts evidently sewn by Rumpelstiltskin): http://atelje.tictail.com/

sombrerodetuned (sombrerodetune), Saturday, 17 September 2016 14:36 (eight months ago) Permalink

New Lissvik track "Backside" up on soundcloud

mizzell, Thursday, 22 September 2016 12:37 (eight months ago) Permalink

Thanks sombrero

skip, Thursday, 22 September 2016 15:58 (eight months ago) Permalink

Looks like Backside is a 7" release, can't see where to order it yet.

plazzTT, Friday, 23 September 2016 19:32 (eight months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Shop's got a a few Studio relative rareities back in-stock (including a vinyl copy of West Coast (2nd Edition) housed in a dinged-up sleeve).

sombrerodetuned (sombrerodetune), Saturday, 5 November 2016 21:02 (six months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

https://soundcloud.com/northern_tropic/venice-olympics-snippet - the label which Lissvik is a part of.

puredazzle, Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:37 (five months ago) Permalink

Neat! Is there more info about it elsewhere?

Evan, Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:40 (five months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Yeah, pretty weird there is no info about future release, buying etc...

skip, Monday, 9 January 2017 03:27 (four months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

bump, yearbook 1 is the best album

nomar, Wednesday, 1 February 2017 06:38 (three months ago) Permalink

This thread is now ten years old :-(

Tim F, Wednesday, 1 February 2017 07:32 (three months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

new Atelje track "50/50" up on soundcloud and it's a pop song with vocals. pretty nice.

mizzell, Thursday, 18 May 2017 14:29 (one week ago) Permalink

oh wow this feels more like "west coast" than almost anything he's done since

gr8080, Thursday, 18 May 2017 15:15 (one week ago) Permalink

Nice

skip, Thursday, 18 May 2017 23:32 (one week ago) Permalink


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